Physical-Occupational-Speech Therapy

Phone: 304-400-4896 Fax: 304-400-4897

What is an Occupational Therapist?

An occupational therapist is a healthcare professional that works with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to improve functional limitations due physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. At Dunbar Therapy Center, we offer occupational therapy services for pediatrics through geriatrics. Our occupational therapist is dedicated to helping our clients to regain skills important for independent living. Occupational therapy is important for preventing injury as well as treating an existing injury or condition. 

What Services Does An Occupational Therapist Provide?

Occupational therapists provide a variety of professional services aimed at improving function and independence by using procedures and treatments to assist patients with their development, disabilities or recovery issues.

These include:

  • Helping people who have upper extremity injuries or surgeries
  • Assisting people in returning to work after an injury
  • Performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE's) for appropriate work classification or disability determination
  • Creating customized hand splints
  • Helping children improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Assisting people with neurological diseases regain function and independence
  • Helping people to decrease pain with use of modalities
  • Educating and training clients and caregivers in home management of their specific condition.
  • Helping people to perform activities of daily living safely and with assistive devices if needed.

Who Can Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can be beneficial for many different conditions and disorders. Some of the most common are:

  • Autism
  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Work related injuries
  • Pediatric developmental delays
  • Conditions related to congenital disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, Down Syndrome

What Methods Of Therapy Are Used?

The most common forms of interventions are:

  • Restoring strength and range of motion
  • Hand splinting
  • Wheelchair evaluation and management
  • Modalities for pain management
  • Restoring sensory, motor, and balance functions
  • Improving fine motor and handwriting skills
  • Improving ADL's (activities of daily living) such as cooking, bathing, grooming, dressing, and hobbies.
  • Cognitive retraining
  • FCE's (Functional Capacity Evaluation) for return to work classification as well as disability determinations

    Our goal is to provide exceptional care to our clients and to strive to meet the individual needs of each and every individual to comes to our clinic for help. We want our patients to get back to the meaningful activities that they perform on a day to day basis.