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When you are referred for occupational therapy, you will receive a thorough examination by a licensed occupational therapist. This exam includes a review of your medical condition, functional abilities and prior level of function. Additional examination may be done to assess the following:

  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Coordination
  • Cognition
  • Sensation
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Ability to perform self-care activities (activities of daily living)
  • Ability to assume previous roles, such as parent and/or employee
After your initial evaluation, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based upon the results and a discussion of your personal goals. Treatment will be adapted to maximize your independence with self-care.



Learn more about our Occupation Therapy services.

Occupational Therapy in DeKalb County and Kendall County

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Physical Therapy Center's licensed occupational therapists focus on returning patients to their daily activities using a wide variety of treatment options. Licensed occupational therapists and physical therapists work together to evaluate each patient and develop a customized treatment program aimed at improving the skills needed for living and working.

Occupational therapy uses work, self-care, and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability. Occupational therapy services include:

  • Evaluation and treatment
  • Pediatric occupational therapy
  • Orthotics/splinting/bracing
  • Hand therapy
  • Adaptation of tasks or environments
  • Activities of daily living
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Return-to-work physical assessments
  • Worksite ergonomic assessments
  • Work reconditioning programs

Diseases and Conditions

Occupational therapy is often recommended for adults and children with the following conditions:

  • Strokes
  • Tendonitis
  • Amputations
  • Fractures
  • Joint replacement
  • Nerve injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Wounds
  • Burns
  • Sports injuries
  • Learning disabilities
  • Sensory motor dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Neurological diseases
  • Conditions that involve the nerves, tendons, and muscles of the arm or hand
  • Cognitive-perceptual dysfunction

Occupational Therapist

Find out what role the occupational therapist plays on your rehabilitation team.