For the safety of our patients and staff and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, outpatient rehabilitation services have made adjustments to the scheduling, hours of operation and enhanced cleaning protocols. All staff are screened daily for COVID-19 symptoms, and patients are screened during their registration call and again upon arrival. Patients will be met at the entrance where they will be screened, asked to sanitize their hands, and don a fresh mask. At that point the patient will be given instructions for their visit. Please note that our locations at Lawrence Academy, The Mill Works in Westford, and Skill of Strength in North Chelmsford are temporarily closed.
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.
We are pleased to offer telehealth appointments between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for both new and existing physical, occupational and speech/language therapy patients. Please call us at 978-287-8200 to find out if your insurance will cover telehealth or to schedule an appointment.
If you already have an appointment for physical therapy, please download, print and fill out this health questionnaire.