Occupational therapy works with people of all ages who need help achieving independence in their “occupations” of self-care, work and play/leisure when they are impacted by disease or physical, social or emotional problems. Occupational therapists use exercise, training in adaptive equipment, work and self-care skills, splinting and brace, hands-on manual therapy skills, education, and modalities such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound to assist their clients. Occupational therapists function as part of a multi-disciplinary team, working with physicians, nurses, social workers, teachers, employers, and other therapists to help patients reach their goals and maximum independence.
Our therapists are trained to work with patients after hand surgery, injury at work or home causing musculoskeletal pain, stroke, brain injury, and other neurological conditions, after falls and concussions, when dealing with lymphedema after cancer treatment or edema from venous insufficiency, and when skin breakdown has occurred. Our pediatric therapist helps children with developmental disorders like Autism and Asperger’s disorder, developmental delay, neurological conditions both acquired and congenital, such as cerebral palsy, and sensory integration problems.
The occupational therapists at Perham Health work in our pediatrics department, with inpatients in the hospital, nursing home, Transitions, outpatients in the Nelson Therapy center, out in our community with home health care and on-site with local businesses.