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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people affected by illness, injury, or surgery relearn to perform functions of daily living and working. It involves physical and mental conditioning to complete tasks such as getting dressed, feeding oneself, bathing, and driving. The goal of occupational therapy is to help patients be as independent as possible.

Occupational therapy also plays an important role in workplace disability. Our experience occupational therapists can perform disability evaluations and also clear you to return to work.

Occupational therapists can help reduce or resolve mobility problems that limit a patient’s independence, work and leisure activities. The occupational therapists at Penn Highlands help individuals achieve specific skills by adapting daily tasks or the environment to your needs. We provide customized evaluation, treatment, and training to patients who have:

  • Work-related injuries
  • Stroke- or heart attack-induced disability
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or other serious disorder
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, and amputations
  • Broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls, or accidents
  • Side effects from cancer surgery, such as lymphedema

We also offer splinting therapy. We build custom splints to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome, thumb injuries, meta carpal fractures, and more.

How is Occupational Therapy Different from Physical Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps people learn or relearn how to perform activities of daily living. This typically involves both physical and mental conditioning. Physical therapy helps people heal and regain strength after an injury or surgery by focusing on the area of the body needing rehabilitation.

For example, someone who injured an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during a football game would likely be treated with physical therapy to support healing around the knee. Someone who had a stroke and is unable to move one side of their body would benefit from occupational therapy. This person’s therapy might include learning how to walk, eat, and dress one-handed.

How are Patients Evaluated to Determine the Best Type of Occupational Therapy?

At your first appointment, an occupational therapist will perform an evaluation. You’ll be asked about your medical history, diagnosis, referring physician, and reason for referral. Your occupational therapist will also want to know what you are looking to get out of occupational therapy. Your occupational therapist will then assess your range of motion, pain level, muscle tone and strength, sensation, balance, and coordination. Through these evaluations along with specific testing, your occupational therapist also will evaluate your ability to perform tasks specific to daily living, such as being able to wash your body or lift items. In a disability evaluation, the therapist will evaluate your ability to perform tasks required by your job.

What Type of Activities are Involved in Occupational Therapy?

The type of activities involved in your occupational therapy sessions depend on your functional goals and treatment plan. Your occupational therapist may:

  • Train you to use assistive devices, such as a walker or shower seat
  • Teach you new ways to perform movements, like getting out of bed
  • Educate you on how to prevent falls in your home or other injuries
  • Have you perform tasks that build muscle strength, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination

Treatment for Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling that occurs in the arm or leg when the lymphatic system is unable to drain properly. This can occur as a result of certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia, or after an injury or surgery. Lymphedema is particularly common as a side effect of cancer treatment.

Through our Lymphedema Management Service, our specially trained occupational therapists will use a variety of treatments to help you manage your lymphedema. Treatment may include manual lymph drainage, massage, compression bandaging techniques, skin care, exercise, and patient education. Lymphedema therapy is provided through the Occupational Therapy department at Penn Highlands Clearfield, Penn Highlands DuBois. and Penn Highlands Elk.

To learn more about lymphedema and our specialized program download the Lymphedema brochure located in the Resources sidebar.

Occupational Therapy at Penn Highlands

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1200 Wood Street in Brockway offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrockwayA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

1200 Wood Street
Brockway, PA 15824
814-265-8792

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 88 Industrial Park Road in Brookville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

88 Industrial Park Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-6878

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 809 Turnpike Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 465 State Street in Curwensville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - CurwensvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

465 State Street
Curwensville , PA 16833
814-236-8359

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 145 Hospital Avenue in DuBois offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

145 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3372

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 757 Johnsonburg Road in St. Marys offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ElkA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

757 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8490 Option 1

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 416 North Broad Street in Emporium offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - EmporiumA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

416 N. Broad Street
Emporium, PA 15834
814-486-7878

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 929 14th Street in Huntingdon offers:

  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands Huntingdon

929 14th Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-0337

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 111 and 113 Cobb Street in Johnsonburg offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - JohnsonburgA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

111 Cobb Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
814-965-5279

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 190 North Fraley Street in Kane offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - KaneA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

190 N. Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
814-837-8955

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1323 Brookville Street in Fairmount City offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - New BethlehemA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

1323 Brookville Street
Fairmount City, PA 16224
814-275-1190

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 502 Park Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - Park AvenueA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

502 Park Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 271 Railroad Street in Philipsburg offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - PhilipsburgA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

271 Railroad Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
814-342-8287

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 21886 Route 119 in Punxsutawney offers:

  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

21886 Route 119
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-249-7013

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 104 Metoxet Street in Ridgway offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - RidgwayA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

104 Metoxet Street
Ridgway, PA 15853
814-788-5534

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