Occupational Therapy

High-quality orthopedic care goes beyond the latest advances in treatment. Surgical and nonsurgical patients recovering from hip, back, upper or lower extremity fractures, and hand injuries often need comprehensive occupational therapy services to regain function and quality of life.

The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush team of physicians, nurses, and occupational therapists work to assess all aspects of the person's life which may affect their ability to function independently and carry out self-care, household work, and other activities. Following this comprehensive evaluation, a customized treatment program is implemented for each patient. Their goal is to help patients achieve their maximum potential and resume the performance of tasks in their daily living and work environments.

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. During the course of treatment, occupational therapists document the patient's progress, conduct periodic examinations, and modify treatments when necessary.