Orthopedics Occupational Therapy

Hoag occupational therapists are key members of the orthopedic health care team. Their role is to improve movement, restore function and relieve pain. Through evaluation and individualized treatment programs, occupational therapists can treat existing problems and provide preventative health care for people with a variety of needs.

Hoag’s certified hand therapists work closely with the physician, patient and family to provide evaluation and treatment for the following upper extremity diagnoses and injuries:

  • Fracture, dislocation and subluxation of fingers, hand, wrist and elbow
  • Tendon and ligamentous injuries of the wrist and hand
  • Amputation
  • Arthritis
  • Upper extremity peripheral neuropathy
  • Dupuytren’s disease
  • Cumulative trauma disorder/repetitive strain injury

After an initial evaluation, the occupational therapist develops a treatment plan to address each patient’s individual needs. Treatment is dependent upon physician order, diagnosis, and symptoms but may include the following:

  • Exercises for strength, flexibility and conditioning
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Edema management
  • Modalities
  • Splinting
  • Work station ergonomics
  • Patient, family and caregiver education