Occupational Therapists (OT's) at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush specialize in the treatment of orthopedic and neurologic conditions of the hand and upper extremity. Our therapists are proficient in the treatment of such conditions as fractures, tendon injuries, nerve injuries, wound care, arthritis, and cumulative trauma/repetitive sprain, and more.
Following a comprehensive evaluation, a customized treatment program is implemented for each patient. Treatment includes the fabrication of custom static and dynamic splints for protection and improved function, use of thermal and electrical modalities to improve soft tissue response, joint mobilization and exercise to improve range of motion, joint protection and ergonomic strategies to prevent further injury, and physical exercise and strengthening to improve overall upper extremity function. Their goal is to help patients achieve their maximum potential and resume performance of tasks in their daily living and work environments.
During the course of treatment, Occupational Therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary. Occupational Therapists are in constant communication with Midwest physicians to identify areas requiring more or less attention. Occupational Therapists with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush are licensed by the State of Illinois.
Meet our occupational therapists:
- Kristen Grider
- Courtney Kolthoff
- Lauren Nichol
- Dru Krischer
- Meredith Payne Trost
- Debra Wright
- Kelly Scanlon