Occupational Therapy

715-685-5482

Hours: M-F; 8 am – 4:30 pm

Occupational therapy is a science-driven profession that helps people participate in the things they want and need to do after an injury, illness, surgery, or disease. This is partly achieved through the use of everyday activities or in other words, occupations. These occupations include:

  • eating
  • getting dressed
  • taking a shower or bath
  • taking care of children and pets
  • working or going to school
  • participating in hobbies

At MMC the occupational therapists treat people of all ages from childhood through adulthood. Some examples of diagnoses or problems that are seen are:

  • Developmental delays
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Elbow, wrist or hand fractures
  • Wrist or hand tendon injuries
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Fine motor difficulties such as handwriting, buttoning, zipping
  • Post-offer work screenings and Functional Capacity evaluations

Occupational therapists use a variety of treatment activities and techniques to help a person be able to do functional activities again. Some of these include:

  • Adaptive equipment to help a person do daily activities such as getting dressed by using a long-handled shoehorn, a device to button, etc.
  • Learning different ways to do daily tasks such as getting in the shower after a hip replacement
  • Wrist or hand splints to decrease pain, immobilize an injured area, etc.
  • Exercises to improve shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand flexibility and strength
  • Exercises to improve fine and gross motor coordination
  • Activities to improve attention span, memory, problem-solving
  • Activities to decrease swelling in the arm
  • Various modalities to decrease pain and inflammation or to increase flexibility in the arm such as cold, heat, paraffin baths, etc.
  • Hand therapy
  • Activities to improve attention span, memory, and problem solving

A visit to the OT department at MMC would require a call or visit to your doctor to obtain an order to receive therapy. When you come to your first appointment the therapist will do an evaluation to see what areas of need there are and discuss with you a treatment plan. You will often be given activities or exercises to work on at home. You may be provided a splint or brace for your hand or wrist. You may be shown different ways how to do things that you are having trouble with or be shown equipment to help you with these.

To learn more about the OT staff at Memorial Medical Center, please click here.

We take an integrative approach to care, allowing you to receive multiple therapies and additional services all at one time. As a patient, you have a choice where you receive therapy. Please ask your physician for a referral or to learn more about the services we offer, please call 715-685-5482.

Department hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call to set up an appointment or if you have questions about what occupational therapy can do for you. The phone number is 715-685-5480.