Occupational Therapy focuses on improving the physical, cognitive/perceptual and sensory components necessary for performing daily living skills. Whether illness or injury has caused a loss of any of these functions, referral to an occupational therapist may be necessary. Our ultimate goal is to help patients lead independent, productive and satisfying lives.
The occupational therapist may provide the following:
- Evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, development disorders or work injuries;
- Education and training in performing daily living tasks;
- Sensorimotor treatments for increasing strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination and balance;
- Therapeutic activities for memory/perception, cognitive integration and daily life skills;
- Instruction and/or fabrication of adaptive equipment;
- Splint fabrication for proper positioning, facilitation of motion, spasticity and edema control, and pain reduction.
Neuromuscular re-education is a computerized electromyogram EMG biofeedback unit that retrains the patient’s brain and/or spinal cord to send signals to the affected muscle groups. These signals enable the paralyzed muscles to function again. Stormont Vail is one of five hospitals in the nation to offer this highly specialized and effective form of treatment.
Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE) PrimusRS
The (BTE) PrimusRS is a piece of equipment that is used routinely by Occupational Therapy for both evaluating and for treatment of almost every musculoskeletal condition. This equipment can be used as a lift system, cable system, upper and lower extremity system or as a work/sport simulator. The equipment has the capability of simulating hundreds of real world activities or tasks.
These are examples of the programs Occupational Therapy offers. Services may require a physician’s referral. Please contact us at (785) 354-6116 for more information.