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Occupational Therapy

Samaritan offers a comprehensive Occupational Therapy (OT) program that helps the adult patient regain functional independence by restoring self-care activities, such as eating, dressing, bathing, grooming, home maintenance and meal preparation.

The OT team also addresses issues in the pediatric population related to developmental delays, sensory-processing deficits and many other conditions.

We provide services that relieve pain, strengthen muscles, improve mobility, restore function, and prevent or limit further physical disability for patients of all ages including infants through seniors.

Common Questions

  • What diagnoses do you serve? Close

    Diagnoses served may include, but are not limited to:

    • Any arm or hand dysfunction resulting from trauma or disease
    • Care following orthopedic or general surgery (shoulder replacements, rotator cuff repair, carpal tunnel repair, etc.)
    • Work-related injuries including repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel or tendonitis
    • Pediatric developmental delays
    • Autism or sensory-processing issues in children of all ages
    • Visual perceptual/visual motor deficits in children
    • Traumatic brain/head injuries, strokes, and TIAs
    • Concussion syndrome
    • Oncology patients with weakness or self-care deficits
    • Fractures
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Arthritis
    • Bursitis
    • Amputations
    • Strains and sprains
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Brachial plexus injuries
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Guillain Barre syndrome
    • Muscular dystrophy
    • Axillary web syndrome
    • Cerebral palsy
    • Low vision therapy
    • Many, many more
  • What occupational therapy services do you provide? Close

    For those patients coming for outpatient therapy, services may include:

    • Manual Therapy: massage, stretching, manipulation
    • Pain management
    • Therapeutic exercise
    • Training to improve your self-care ability following surgery or injury
    • Return to work training
    • Modalities including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ice, heat, TENs, etc.
    • Strength training
    • Training on alternate ways to perform task including use of adaptive equipment
    • Activities to help children meet developmental milestones and to address issues associated with autism and sensory-processing disorders

    For those patients admitted to the hospital, occupational therapy services may include:

    • Assessment of Activities of Daily Living: bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming, toileting, and home management
    • Adaptive equipment training for independence following joint revisions, and/or replacement
    • Arm and hand function therapy
    • Splinting
    • Positioning for comfort and pressure relief
    • Therapeutic exercises
    • Education for patients and families on safety and self-care in the home
    • Assistance with discharge planning needs to ensure a safe transition home
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New Occupational Therapy Patients:

  • A referral (order/prescription) from your doctor or provider is required to receive occupational therapy. We gladly accept referrals from Tricare and Martin’s Point for our military community and dependents.
  • We participate with most insurances.
  • Please call 315-785-4088 to schedule an occupational therapy appointment. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Coming for Your Appointment:

  • Please plan on arriving 30 minutes prior to your first scheduled occupational therapy appointment to allow time to get your registration completed.
  • Please bring with you (to the first scheduled therapy appointment): the order for therapy from your doctor, your insurance card, photo ID, and medication list.
  • You may park in the garage on the corner of Woodruff and Washington Streets.
  • Enter the hospital through the Registration entrance (to the right of the Emergency Department). You will come directly to the department and can bypass registration.
  • The therapy department is located on the 1st floor of Samaritan Medical Center next to the Pratt elevators. From registration, go down the hallway to your right through the waiting room towards radiology. At the end of that hall turn left and therapy is straight ahead at the end of the hallway.
  • Wheelchairs are available at the registration entrance for those in need.

Have questions? Contact the Occupational Therapy Team at 315-785-4088!