Outpatient Occupational Therapy
Via Christi occupational therapy will assist you in developing the skills need to take care of yourself when a health problem limits normal, day-to-day activity, such as working, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, doing housework and managing personal business. Therapy may include the following:
- Exercises related to activities and function of the upper body
- Training to improve self-care, dressing and activities of daily living
- Assessment for visual and spatial impairment
- Energy conservation measures for improved endurance
- Home improvements for safety and increased independence
- Training on the use of adaptive equipment to improve independence and safety during daily life tasks
- Assessment and treatment of cognitive impairments
- Making customized splints for the hand, wrist, and elbow
Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational therapist on patients with conditions affecting the upper extremities including arms, hands, elbows and shoulders.
Patients who require hand therapy may have been affected by an accident, surgery or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands, or arms. Others include patients who suffer from the effects of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, as well as from such chronic problems as arthritis or a neurologic condition (i.e., stroke).
Hand Therapy at Via Christi provides a comprehensive evaluation of the upper extremities and upper quadrant by highly trained hand and upper extremity occupational therapists. The program uses a variety of treatment tools to restore joint motion and tendon gliding, minimize pain and edema, decrease sensitivity and assist with wound care.
Via Christi’s lymphedema program focuses on alleviating the swelling that occurs in the legs, arms, face, neck, abdomen or chest when the lymphatic system does not work properly. Our program is based on a patient's needs and goals and results in reduced swelling and improved quality of life. The program also teaches the patient and family how to manage the condition, and provides follow-up care and resource referrals, as needed.
Benefits of treatment
- Decrease limb girth, soften tissue and improve skin quality
- Prevent open wounds, and decrease risk of infection and hospitalization
- Improve range of motion, exercise capacity and appearance
- Improve quality of life, reduce risk of immobility and social isolation
- Enable independence of daily living activities and long term self-management