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.
The UMMC department provides the state’s only low vision examination for diagnosis of eye disorders and diseases.
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 UP Pavilion and throughout the metro Jackson area. Patients benefit from a skilled occupational therapy team with extensive combined experience.
- Evaluation and treatment of operative and non-operative upper extremity and cervical muscoskeletal diagnosis, including, but are not limited to, DeQuevian’s Syndrome, trigger finger, distal radial and humerus fractures, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral and medial epidocylitis, rotator cuff tendonitis and cervical spondylosis. Post-operative rehab also follows 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.
- Examination and treatment of neurological conditions, including, but not limited to, cerebral vascular accident (CVA, stroke), spinal cord injury, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Guillian-Barre syndrome.
- One-on-one occupational therapy providing hands-on neuromuscular re-education to improve daily living activities (dressing, bathing, writing, eating, cooking), 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.