Occupational Therapists Help Patients Regain Lost Skills


Playing guitar, walking with a grandchild little hand in big hand, or cleaning the yard in spring can become a challenge when illness or injury affects one’s ability to walk, move a hand, or stay balanced.

At West Shore Medical Center, occupational therapists enable area residents facing mobility challenges to live life to their fullest by helping them overcome injury, illness, or disability and achieve positive outcomes.

“We’re focused on helping our patients to thrive despite the setbacks that may be the result of a stroke, injury, or surgery,” said Esther Sigurdardottir, PT, manager of the hospital’s Rehabilitation Services. “We develop individualized plans focused on getting the patient back to doing what is meaningful to them.”

Occupational therapy often proves beneficial for a number of conditions, injuries or illnesses, including:

  • Post-operative recovery

  • Nerve compression injuries

  • Traumatic injuries

  • Stroke

  • Repetitive use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lateral and medial epicondylitis, or inflammation of the tendon

  • Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Lymphedema

Specialists at the hospital are trained in hand therapy, lymphedema treatment, neurological therapy, and splinting.

Occupational therapists also are able to help children with a broad range of issues. Pediatric patients with developmental delays, decreased fine motor skills, coordination deficits, or decreased postural strength may benefit from occupational therapy.

April is occupational therapy month. Learn more about occupational therapy at West Shore Medical Center by calling 231-398-1166.