Expect the Best in Occupational and Hand Therapy

At Sacred Heart Health System, our expert team of occupational therapists is dedicated to returning our patients back functioning successfully in their daily living routines and at work.

Our goal is to work with you and your physician to help you develop, recover, and/or maintain your daily life and work skills before and after surgery, or during and after an illness or injury.

Hand Therapy

In addition to our occupational therapist, Sacred Heart has a certified hand therapist who specializes in the rehabilitation of the hand.

Our hand therapy includes:
• Occupational Therapy/Hand Therapy/Fine Finger Activity
• Orthotic Fabrication
• Work Simplification

Who Can Benefit From Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy can help people with varied conditions from injuries, diseases and mental health conditions.

Some of those conditions include:
• Cerebral palsy
• Mental illness
• Mental retardation
• Muscular dystrophy
• Parkinson's Disease
• Spinal cord injuries
• Stroke

In addition, our physical medicine department provides early intervention therapy services for infants and toddlers who have, or are at risk of having, developmental delays.

Occupational therapy also is beneficial to many seniors and can help the elderly lead more productive, active, and independent lives through a variety of methods, including the use of adaptive equipment.

What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?
Occupational therapists work with patients on performing all types of activities, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking and eating.

Working with your physician, your occupational therapist may prescribe physical exercises to help increase your strength and dexterity, while other activities may be chosen to improve visual acuity and the ability to discern patterns. For example, a client with short-term memory loss might be encouraged to make lists to aid recall, and a person with coordination problems might be assigned exercises to improve hand-eye coordination.

Our occupational therapists also use computer programs to help our patients improve decision-making, abstract-reasoning, problem-solving and perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing and coordination.

An occupational therapist is often involved in teaching those with permanent disabilities how to use what is called adaptive equipment. That includes things such as wheelchairs, orthotics and aids for eating and dressing.

They may also be involved in working with a patient and an employer to modify a work area so the patient can perform the tasks required of them. That could include helping design ergonomic workstations for patients with back or neck problems or carpal tunnel syndrome
Occupational therapists also work with the elderly and others to assess the home for hazards, and to identify other factors that may contribute to falls.

If you have any questions about Sacred Heart’s Rehabilitation Services, please call (850) 416-5221.

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