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Occupational Therapy

UMMC's occupational therapy department is dedicated to maximizing a patient's functional abilities and independence by reducing the effects of disabilities caused by a physical, developmental, or psychological dysfunction. Occupational therapists and certified assistants work together with the patient, family, and other professionals to promote independence, restore basic functions, cope with disabilities, and hasten return to work.

Occupational therapy services for inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation include helping adults learn how to carry out daily living activities, adjust to problems associated with aging, make layout and design changes at home/work, and improve communication skills.

University Physicians Pavilion

Outpatient occupational therapists work closely with physicians and clinicians at the University Physicians Pavilion and throughout the metro Jackson area. Patients benefit from a skilled occupational therapy team with extensive combined experience.

Services offered at UP Pavilion

  • Evaluation and treatment of operative and non-operative upper extremity and cervical musculoskeletal diagnosis, including:
    • De Quervain's Syndrome
    • Trigger finger
    • Distal radial and humerus fractures
    • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Lateral and medial epicondylitis
    • Rotator cuff tendonitis and cervical spondylosis
    • Post-operative rehab following fracture repairs to the hand, wrist, forearm, and humerus.
  • Fitting and construction of prefabricated and custom hand, wrist, forearm and humerus braces.
  • Sensory mapping.
  • Ergonomic assessments for workstation and computer set-up.
  • Consultation for assistive devices:
    • Occupational therapists work with patients regarding assistive devices (shoe horns, sock aids, reachers, tub chairs, walkers, grab bars, etc.) to improve daily living activities, such as dressing, bathing, cooking, walking, etc., that will be needed after a total knee or hip joint replacement.
    • Therapists also make recommendations for fine motor devices to improve activities, such as writing, eating, and drinking.
  • Joint replacement wellness:
    • Patients participate in a total joint wellness program that provides information regarding surgery and rehabilitation for total hip and knee joint arthroplasty.
    • Patients learn about home exercise programs and receive recommendations for assistive devices needed to help perform daily living activities after surgery.

University Rehabilitation Center

Occupational therapy is one of the many therapies offered at University Rehabilitation Center, a “care bridge” from hospital to home for adults recovering from strokes, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, arthritis, joint replacement, neurological disorders, and other medical conditions.

Services offered at University Rehabilitation Center

  • Examination and treatment of neurological conditions, including:
    • Cerebral vascular accident (CVA, stroke)
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Brain injuries
    • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • One-on-one occupational therapy providing hands-on neuromuscular re-education to improve daily living activities (dressing, bathing, writing, eating, cooking, etc.), sitting and standing balance, gait quality, upper and lower extremity coordination, and perception of senses (proprioception).
  • Recommendations for assistive devices to help perform daily living activities.