Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Occupational therapy assists people in developing the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independence and satisfying lives. Services include:

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers

Some of the health conditions that our occupational therapy department treats include:

Work-related injuries including repetitive stress injuries
Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
Hand conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and other common disorders
Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
Self-care/daily activity training following joint replacement surgery
Fine motor limitations due to weakness, injuries, or other health conditions
Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents 

What is carpal tunnel?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes compressed or squeezed at the wrist. The carpal tunnel is a narrow, rigid passageway of ligaments, nerves, and bones at the base of the wrist. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the median nerve to be compressed. The result may be pain, weakness, or numbness in the hand and wrist. Although painful sensations may indicate other conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common and widely known.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers. The symptoms often first appear during the night, since many people sleep with flexed wrists. A person with carpal tunnel syndrome may wake up feeling the need to "shake out" the hand or wrist. Decreased grip strength may make it difficult to form a fist, grasp small objects, or perform other manual tasks. In chronic and/or untreated cases, the muscles at the base of the thumb may waste away.