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Rehabilitation Medicine - Occupational & Physical Therapy

Occupational and Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy

Occupational therapists(OTs) assist in enabling people to participate in activities of everyday life.  OTs work to improve an individual’s ability, modify the environment or adapt the activity.  

At Sibley, OT sub-specialties include hand therapy and Lymphedema treatment. Learn more about the multidisciplinary care provided by the rehabilitation team.

Hand Therapy

The Hand Clinic at Sibley is staffed by experienced therapists who work closely with hand surgeons to increase range-of-motion, strength, coordination and function.  A custom splint may be fabricated to ensure proper positioning during the recovery process.  Those who may benefit from hand therapy include people with hand trauma and post-operative reconstructive procedures, including joint replacement.

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease that involves an abnormal accumulation of fluid and water in the interstitial space.  Lymphedema may present with swelling in the extremities, trunk, abdomen, face and genital area.  There are various causes, but the most common are surgery or radiation therapy.  Treatment is provided by an occupational or physical therapist with certification or specialized training.  Treatment techniques include manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and patient education.  The primary goals of therapy include reduction of swelling, increased patient understanding and improved quality of life.  Further benefits may include reduction in pain and improved range of motion.

Fully-equipped Gym for outpatient physical therapyPhysical Therapy

Physical Therapists (PTs) help people to improve functional ability and restore mobility.  At Sibley, outpatient PT can be provided in our fully-equipped gym or in our warm-water therapeutic pool, as aquatic physical therapy.  Our gym has sophisticated equipment, including a computerized balance system and a computerized system for gait analysis.
Inpatient Phone Number: 202.537.4574
Outpatient Phone Number: 202.364.7665

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