Occupational Therapy

Therapeutic training and conditioning for day-to-day life activities

The Occupational Therapy program at Southwest General is part of our extensive
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department. The program helps patients
who are coping with physical or developmental problems to successfully
participate in daily living, work, school or leisure activities.

Comprehensive Treatment for Patients of All Ages

Our team of compassionate, skilled occupational therapists is experienced
in providing a wide range of interventions for patients of all ages. This
may include helping patients who are: recovering from injury or illness
to acquire or improve skills for daily living (eating, dressing, bathing,
etc.); helping patients with disabilities to successfully participate
in work, school or social activities; or helping older adults as they
cope with the physical and mental changes that accompany aging.

Tailored Treatment to Meet Individual Needs

We are committed to working with patients in a manner that recognizes each
patient’s functional limitations but that encourages the patient
to achieve his or her full potential. Each patient benefits from:

A Comprehensive Evaluation

Designed to determine the extent of each patient's limitations by assessing:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Sensation
  • Coordination
  • Skin and/or wound condition
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Functional posture and body mechanics

An Individualized Treatment Plan

Based on the patient’s comprehensive evaluation, our experienced
occupational therapists provide a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s
individual needs and goals.

Treatment for Successful Outcomes

At Southwest General, occupational therapists work with each patient to
provide treatment that is carefully designed for each patient. To achieve
the best possible outcomes, treatment may include a wide range of interventions
designed to:

Improve Functional Skills

  • Depending on the patient’s condition and limitations, we use a variety
    of approaches including:
  • Exercises to increase range of motion and strength
  • Exercises to improve feeding, fine motor, perception and cognitive skills
  • Treatments to decrease pain and swelling
  • Wound and skin care
  • Splinting
  • Return to work activities

Modify the Environment

When needed, we work with patients and families to evaluate the home, work
or school environment and make recommendations for modifications. This
may include the use of wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment to support
the patient in successfully achieving his or her goals.

Develop Alternative Approaches

In situations where strength or skills cannot be significantly improved
or fully developed, we work with patients, families and caregivers, who
are an important part of the therapy team, to develop alternative approaches
to help patients achieve specific functional goals. This may include simplification
of tasks and techniques designed to conserve energy during activities.

Throughout treatment, progress in carefully evaluated on an ongoing basis
to ensure that progress is being made in helping patients to reaching
their goals.

Services & Programs

  • Activities of Daily Living Re-training
  • Arthritis Management
  • Equipment Training
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations & Ergonomics
  • Hand & Upper Extremity Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation for Neurologic Conditions


  • Custom Upper Extremity Orthotic Fabrication
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Scar Management and Desensitization
  • BTE Work Simulator

Not all services/techniques are available at all locations.
If you have questions regarding any of our services please call us at 833-SW-REHAB (833-797-3422)