Occupational / Hand Therapy

An evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person.

 From the AOTA

“Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps
people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping
children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is
an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.”

At WESTARM, a combination of Certified Hand Therapists/Occupational Therapists, advanced therapeutic techniques and state-of-the-art equipment returns each patient to the highest level of function possible.

Our Therapists are experienced in treating patients with postsurgical conditions, overuse injuries (tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome), traumatic injuries (fractures, sprains), disuse/dystonia and paralysis related to stroke, severe arthritis and spinal cord injury.

For management of hand impairment related to disease or deformity, the primary concerns of hand rehabilitation are to prevent progression of limitation, reduce pain or discomfort, and improve mobility, function, dexterity, and strength. The primary concerns for the traumatic injury or post-surgical patient are the control of pain, inflammation, edema, stiffness, or adverse effects of adhesions and spasticity. Splints may be required to stretch contractures, prevent and correct deformities, shape scar tissue formation, and protect the surgical repair.

This service is located at the following convenient locations:

Lower Burrell

3160 Kipp Avenue Lower Burrell, PA 15068

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1316 Pittsburgh Street Cheswick, PA 15024​

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11931 State Route 85 Kittanning, PA 16201

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1001 S. Leechburg Hill Rd Leechburg, PA 15656

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309 South Pike RD Route 356 Sarver, PA 16055

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