For the safety of our patients and staff and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, some outpatient rehabilitation services will be limited or postponed. Patients with conditions requiring immediate therapy will continue to be seen. Patients with upcoming appointments will hear from us soon to evaluate alternatives. Please note that our locations at Lawrence Academy, The Mill Works in Westford, and Skill of Strength in North Chelmsford are temporarily closed. We will reach out to those patients as we work to accommodate them for future appointments.
If you or a loved one needs help to regain everyday skills that are impaired due to an injury or an illness, Emerson Hospital’s team of expert occupational therapists is at your service.
Our occupational therapists work with patients of all ages — from children to older adults. They provide one-on-one evaluation and treatment to regain skills needed for work, daily activities, and recreational activities.
For example, our occupational therapists assist with:
- Regaining independence within self-care routines and household responsibilities (including dressing, bathing, kitchen safety, medication management, and money management)
- Assessing need for adaptive equipment within daily routines
- Improving upper extremity function needed for completion of tasks such as writing, opening containers, playing tennis or golf, and self-care skills.
- Custom upper extremity splinting and positioning solutions
- Providing recommendations and treatment to improve participation in school and social settings
- Compensating for recent changes in vision or visual perceptual skills
- Facilitating return to work
- Completing and recommending work station modifications (ergonomics)
Through simulation, modification, task completion and use of preparatory activities, patients learn skills to facilitate their return to meaningful activities.
The conditions that benefit from occupational therapy
Occupational therapy can be beneficial for a range of conditions and in a variety of situations, including:
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Upper-extremity conditions such as fractures, trauma, repetition strain, tendonitis, and arthritis
- Hand therapy
- Neurological conditions influencing vision, upper extremity function, and cognition including stroke, brain injury and concussion, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, or spinal cord injuries
- Rehabilitation after cancer treatment
- Recovering from work-related injuries
- Addressing the physical, emotional and cognitive changes that come with aging
Some orthopedic and neurological conditions can require bracing or splinting of the hand, wrist or elbow. Our occupational therapists have expertise in providing custom splinting and appropriate supportive devices.
If you already have an appointment for physical therapy, please download, print and fill out this health questionnaire.