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Occupational Therapy


Those who benefit from occupational therapy vary widely in age, profession and health status, and include those with:

  • Work-related injuries (repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis)
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Mental health or behavioral problems, including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Birth injuries
  • Learning or developmental disabilities
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries or accidents
  • Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and other chronic conditions
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Vision or cognitive problems that compromise the ability to function safely

Inpatient Occupational Therapy

Inpatient Occupational Therapy is offered at Akron General and Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Hospital. During impatient therapy our staff evaluates and treats hospitalized patients for:

  • Trauma (spinal cord injury, head trauma, amputation)
  • Orthopaedic problems (fractures, joint replacements)
  • Neurologic impairments (stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease)
  • Surgery
  • Cardiac disease
  • Cancer
  • Critical care
  • General medical conditions

Patients receive therapy in either the gym or in their hospital room.

Treatment can include:

  • Activities of daily living (dressing, self feeding, bathing)
  • Cognitive retraining following a stroke or other brain injury
  • Visual skills retraining
  • Exercises to improve arm and hand function

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Outpatient Occupational Therapy provides evaluation and treatment to a variety of patients. Your insurance may require a prescription from your doctor to cover occupational therapy. Occupational Therapy is available at several convenient locations: Akron General's three Health & Wellness Centers located in Bath, Green and Stow, as well as several Edwin Shaw outpatient locations at Grant Street, Cuyahoga Falls, Lakemore, North (Stow) and White Pond.

Frequently treated problems include:

  • Arthritis
  • Head or spinal cord injuries
  • Amputation
  • Upper extremity injuries, including tendon lacerations, fractures and over-use injuries
  • Neurologic problems such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease
  • Balance, dizziness and visual problems

Specialized services include:

  • Static and dynamic splint fabrication
  • Work simulation activities using the BTE™
  • Program for hand and arm injuries with a certified hand therapist on staff

Hand Rehabilitation

Our hand therapy is provided by occupational therapists with advanced training as certified hand therapists. Hand therapy focuses on improving hand and upper extremity impairments, such as decreased range of motion, limited strength and pain. These impairments, all of which can stem from a wide variety of conditions or injuries, can lead to difficulty performing daily activities. Our certified hand therapists work closely with board-certified, fellowship-trained hand surgeons to help you return to your normal routine.

Symptoms and conditions commonly treated, but not limited to, include:

  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Wrist & Hand Dysfunction
  • Flexor & Extensor Tendon Injuries
  • Inflammatory & Degenerative Arthritis
  • Hand & Joint Stiffness
  • Peripheral Nerve Compression & Disease
  • Fractures/Dislocations/Joint Instabilities
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Amputations
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Infections
  • Thermal Injuries
  • Tumors & Cysts
  • Multiple System Trauma

Akron General's Outpatient Occupational Therapy Department treats patients covered by:

  • Medicare
  • Private insurance including HMOs and PPOs
  • Worker's Compensation programs

Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if Akron General is your preferred provider.

Date Updated: 05-APR-2017

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