Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps develop and restore skills necessary for an independent lifestyle and restores functional abilities related to upper-body injuries and disorders. Therapists work closely with
patients to help them develop their functional capabilities to the fullest extent possible.

 Occupational therapy can help those with:

  • Upper-extremity injuries (hand, wrist, elbow)
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological impairments such as stroke
  • Orthopedic conditions such as total knee/hip replacements or fractures
  • Lymphedema (chronic swelling)
  • Cognitive or physical impairments affecting routine daily activities
  • Home Safety Assessment

Our occupational therapists work closely with each patient, their healthcare team, family members and appropriate community resources. Generally, early intervention leads to the most effective outcome.

Treatment may include:

  • Methods such as heat, ice, paraffin or ultrasound
  • Manual therapies or stretching to improve motion and reduce pain or swelling
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Splint fabrication and modification
  • Energy conservation and work simplification
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) training
  • Home exercise program development
  • Upper-extremity coordination
  • Cognitive and visual perceptual/sensory re-education
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and training
  • Taping techniques

Occupational therapy requires a referral from a physician. To learn more about our services or to obtain a referral contact the Rehabilitation Services Department.

For more information:

Occupational Therapy
Sarnia Square
420 East Sarnia Street
Winona, MN 55987

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