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Occupational 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.
 
To be referred you will need a prescription from your physician for an occupational therapy evaluation that includes your diagnosis.  Our therapists will set up a treatment plan based on findings and your goals.  
 
At Sibley, OT sub-specialties include Hand therapy, Lymphedema treatment and the BIG Program for Parkinson's disease.
 
For more information on any of our programs or to schedule an appointment, call our Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at 202-364-7665.
 

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.  
 
Occupational Therapy Program for Arthritis of the Hands
 
This program is for patients with arthritis of the hands, with symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, morning stiffness, swelling and difficulty with functional activities (opening jars, turning a key or doorknob, putting on socks, picking up the newspaper from the floor.)
Early referral can improve hand function. Treatment goals include pain management and rest through immobilization (splinting), and activity modification that incorporates joint protection techniques. Our therapists utilize a combination of modalities, exercise and activities of daily living to achieve patient treatment goals.
 
To be referred you will need a prescription from your physician for an occupational therapy evaluation that includes your diagnosis.
 
For more information on any of our programs or to schedule an appointment, call our Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at 202-364-7665.

 

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema can affect people of all ages for a variety of reasons.  It presents as an accumulation of fluid (swelling) in a region of the body when the lymphatic system is compromised and unable to manage the flow of lymphatic fluid.  While it continues to be an area with many unanswered questions, there is a great deal that can be done to treat lymphedema. 

Learn more about lymphedema treatment, classification and causes, and more.


LSVT BIG™ and LSVT LOUD™

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) LOUD is a clinically proven method for treating speech and voice impairments in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD).  Often referred to simply as LOUD therapy, this 4 week intensive program helps individuals improve effectiveness as a communicator by focusing on one target, "Think LOUD!"  As changes with Parkinson's disease take a toll gradually over the course of years, its effect on volume and intelligibility often goes unnoticed until an individual is having significant difficulty in being heard and understood. 

Learn more about the program here.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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