Occupational Therapy helps you develop or restore the skills you need to live independently. We provide the highest quality care to make a positive difference for you and your family. Northwestern Medicine Rehabilitation Services offers occupational therapy with extended hours at multiple convenient locations, so it's easy to fit into your busy life.
Northwestern Medicine occupational therapists help you return to your previous level of function, including recreational, social and work-related activities. Our therapists evaluate, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal, sports and general orthopaedic conditions.
Our occupational therapists are trained for mechanical diagnoses and treatment and include:
- Board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialists
- Certified strength and conditioning specialists
- Licensed occupational therapists
- Certified occupational therapy assistants
- Occupational therapy hand specialists
Our hand specialists treat injuries and conditions that affect the upper limbs, including elbows, hands and wrists. They also help with any related splinting. We also provide ergonomic and worksite evaluations to help reduce injuries.
Some of the illnesses, injuries and chronic conditions we treat include:
- Breast cancer rehabilitation therapy
- Hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
- Lymphedema therapy
- Neurological issues
- Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Sports injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
We will thoroughly evaluate you and create a custom therapy plan to help you:
- Build your physical endurance and strength
- Compensate for vision and memory loss
- Learn methods to relieve pain
- Regain manual dexterity
- Simplify work and conserve energy with creative adaptations
- Use adaptive equipment to make everyday activities easier
- Perform activities of daily living such as:
- Using a computer
- Daily chores without re-injury
To help speed your recovery, we provide training and guidance for your family members and caregivers.
Learn more about our occupational therapy and rehabilitation services.
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