Occupational therapy can help people with disabilities return to their life roles as parent, spouse, employee, homemaker or friend. Through upper body strengthening and coordination, fine and gross motor control development, training in the use of self-help aids and work/home evaluations, occupational therapists promote safety and help people relearn and master the skills needed for self-care, work and play.
To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.
What conditions benefit from occupational therapy?
- Hand, wrist and arm dysfunctions
- Sports injuries
- Industrial injuries
- Neurological disorders (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease)
- Postsurgical conditions
Occupational therapy services provided:
- Individualized evaluation
- Therapeutic exercises
- Hand and upper extremity therapy
- Custom splint fabrication
- Training in life skills (e.g., dressing, bathing, homemaking)
- Strengthening specific muscle groups to improve fine/gross motor coordination
- Visual or perceptual motor training
- Training in the use of adaptive equipment
- Fall prevention
- Pain/stress management
- Joint protection
- Training in energy conservation and work simplification techniques
- Training with orthotic and prosthetic devices
- Pre-employment screenings
- Cumulative trauma management
- Wheelchair evaluations
- Ergonomic assessments
Podcast: The Inside Story on Outpatient Rehab
Daniel Finn, PT, DPT, OCS, MBA, discusses the outpatient rehabilitation services offered by the George Washington University Hospital, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology.