Occupational Therapy

Sometimes even normal, everyday activities can be difficult if they are painful, or if you are recovering People of all ages and conditions can benefit from Occupational Therapy,from an injury or if you have a particular disability. Our Occupational Therapy staff members work with people of all ages to develop solutions for self care, work and play activities that increase independence and help prevent disability. The adaptation of a task or a change in the environment can help make everyday life a little easier.

People of all ages and conditions can benefit from Occupational Therapy, including:

  • People with work related injuries
  • People who have had a stroke or heart attack
  • People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or other chronic, progressive diseases
  • Infants and children with birth injuries, learning disabilities or developmental disabilities
  • People with burns, spinal cord injuries, head injuries or amputations
  • People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls or accidents
  • People with Lymphedema

Therapy visits focus on education and safety awareness in the home/work environment. Therapy plans combine both the development and implementation of a customized home exercise program.

In addition to our main campus in Staples, Outpatient Physical Therapy services are offered at our clinic locations in Pillager, Motley and Browerville. Occupational Therapy services are also available at the Browerville clinic.

These are some of the services our Occupational Therapy staff members provide our patients: 

  • Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace lost function.
  • Post-operative treatments for hand, elbow, carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve surgeries.
  • Instructions to caregivers in safe and effective methods of caring for individuals.
  • Assistance and training in daily activities, such as eating, gardening, and self-care like bathing and dressing.
  • Evaluation of daily living needs and assessment of home, school, work and other environments.
  • Recommendations for modification that will allow a person to continue/resume with his or her regular activities.
  • Cognitive assessment and retraining to promote safest level of function.
  • Exercises and approaches to promote good posture and joint motion as well as over all improvement in strength and flexibility.
  • Strategies to address play and behavioral issues in children related to sensory processing, learning disabilities, or other conditions that keep from participation as well as they are able.
  • FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluation)

Lakewood Health System Occupational Therapist, Janet Byland, is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT).

Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremitiesLymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. Lymphedema may be present at birth or develop later in life, and is often the result of surgery or radiation therapy for cancer. Once present, this chronic and progressive condition will not disappear by itself.

There is no cure for Lymphedema. Therefore, the goal of the therapy is to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction. For the majority of the patients this can be achieved by the skillful application of this therapy, which is safe, reliable and non-invasive.

“Managing Lymphedema requires commitment and dedication,” said Byland. “So now when patients experience the challenges of Lymphedema, they have options available to them – close to home!”

For further information, please contact Lakewood Health System’s Rehabilitation Department at 218-894-8427.

Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) is a therapy program focusing on evaluation and treatment of children with feeding difficulties. It focuses on teaching a child the basic rules of eating through exploring different properties of foods, including texture, smell, taste and consistency. The SOS approach allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way. 

The SOS approach follows a hierarchy to feeding, from tolerating foods in the room, interacting with the food, smelling, touching, tasting and, eventually, eating the food. Parent education and involvement is an essential part of this feeding approach. Parents watch each feeding session to identify and learn their child’s body language in order to learn this approach for home programming.

SOS at Lakewood is a multidisciplinary approach to feeding including Occupational therapy, Speech therapy and may involve others as well. It is an outpatient program held at out main campus facility. Treatment is typically covered by insurance. Lakewood Health System is one of the few facilities in the region to offer this service. To learn more, call our Rehabilitation Department at 218-894-8427.

Occupational Therapist
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8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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