Posted January 7th, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Occupational Therapy is dedicated to the treatment of injuries to the hands and upper extremities.

The Occupational Therapy section of Glinn & Giordano Physical Therapy is known as Marie Glyn Occupational Therapy or MGOT.

Our Occupational Therapy clinic accepts referrals from all primary care providers or physician assistants from hospitals and private practice clinics. What sets us apart from the competition is not only our superior care, but the fact that we have two Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) on staff to treat a variety of ailments. Clinic hours are 7:30am – 5:30pm Monday though Thursday and 8:00am – 5:00pm on Friday.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Marie Glynn Occupational Therapy treats more than just work-related injuries. To understand this better, think of  ”occupation” as “any purposeful activity.” This definition allows for MGOT to treat injuries that are related to work, leisure and the basic activities of daily living.

Our Occupational Therapists help return patients back to purposeful activity after physical injuries by helping the patient acquire or rebuild skills that have been lost or damaged. At MGOT, the primary job of the Occupational Therapist is to help patients rehabilitate from upper extremity injuries or disabilities, including injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand.

Patients often confuse Physical Therapy (PT) and Occupational Therapy (OT). The contrasting factor is that occupational therapy is directed care to the hands and upper extremities while physical therapy is directed care toward injuries to the neck, back and/or legs. Often times both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy utilize similar techniques, but given the specific nature of each speciality they each have unique features that benefit the patients during the rehabilitative process.

Common Injuries

The injuries most commonly seen at MGOT are repetitive motion injuries and trauma due to physical training, sports, falls, work injuries or motor vehicle accidents. A patient will be seen in occupational therapy for a loss of range-of-motion or strength in the hands, elbows, or shoulders resulting from fractures, burns or other injuries. Typical injuries seen at MGOT include:

  • Repetitive Motion Injuries
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Nerve Compression
  • Jamming Injuries to Digits
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendon Lacerations (rehab)
  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fractures
  • Wrist Tendonitis Cysts and Tumors
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Wrist Instability
  • Arthritis or Inflamation
  • Burns

Treatments

MGOT is set up to treat a variety of injuries. The treatment methods include:

  • Fluidotherapy Machines – dry heat
  • Parafin Bath – moist heat
  • Hot and cold packs
  • Ultrasound – used to create a thermal effect
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – electrical interruption of the pain cycle
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Joint and soft tissue manual therapy
  • Various kinds of upper extremity splinting