Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapists at Swedish Covenant Hospital guide you in achieving independent living. Through a hands-on approach and an individualized treatment plan, occupational therapists help you recover from neurological and orthopedic conditions regain function so you can live life fully, safely and independently. For more information, please call 773-878-6888

Therapy begins with a thorough evaluation and assessment to determine the best course of treatment. Therapy may then include:

• Retraining on activities of daily living, such as getting dressed, preparing meals and getting in and out of bed
• Adaptive equipment such as reachers and dressing aids to make daily tasks easier and safer
• Guided exercises to improve range of motion, strength and pain relief
• Muscle re-education techniques to retrain the brain to accomplish specific tasks
• Exercises for fine motor coordination
• Visual retraining for perception problems
• Applying splints to prevent or correct injury
• Work conditioning and ergonomics education
• Family and caregiver education to ensure you get the support you need
• Close coordination and communication with your primary care physician

If necessary, therapists may evaluate your home environment and suggest specific modifications to make everyday tasks safer and easier.

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Benefits of Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy assists you in learning how to function safely and effectively within home and work environments. 

The benefits of occupational therapy apply to a wide variety of conditions and situations, including:

• Post-surgery rehabilitation for people who have had hip replacements, knee replacements, arthroscopy and other types of orthopedic surgery
• Neurological conditions such as stroke and head injury
• Degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
• Arthritis and lupus
• Back and neck injuries
• Amputation
• Work-related injuries

Your care team may also include specialists in chronic pain, lymphedema and hand injuries.

Requirements for Occupational Therapy
You must have a physician's order for occupational therapy. Occupational therapy is offered on either an outpatient or inpatient basis. Therapy also is available through home health care for people who are homebound. 

Treatment length varies, as each plan is customized for the individual patient, but the goal for each patient is the same: to help you live comfortably, safely and independently.

For more information, please call 773-878-6888

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