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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy, often called OT, works with individuals of all ages with upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow) injuries; cumulative trauma; orthopedic surgeries; and neurological events such as stroke, head injury or disease. OT also provides therapy for management of swelling/edema throughout the body. 

OT services:

  • Upper Extremity Injuries and Trauma: OT works to decrease pain and scar tissue and increase joint motion and strength in orthopedic conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and fracture.
  • Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: OT works to increase functional use of arms after neurological conditions such as strokes.
  • Arthritis Education: Clients learn principles and techniques to minimize stress on joints to prevent deformities and decrease pain.
  • Custom Splinting: OT designs and fabricates custom-fit splints for range of motion and joint protection.
  • Lymphedema Treatment: For clients diagnosed with excessive swelling, OT performs techniques and education to manage the swelling in arms and legs.
  • Home Safety Assessments: The therapist will come into the home to assess safety to decrease falls and increase independence to keep the client safe in their home.
  • Low Vision Education: OT will provide education regarding daily activities and adaptive equipment for use in the client’s home to increase independence and safety as vision declines.
  • Cognitive Retraining: After conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury or surgery, OT helps the client increase safety awareness, problem solving, functional skills such as math for checkbook use and other activities that a client performs daily. OT also provides training for caregivers of clients with Alzheimer’s to set up routines and handle difficult behaviors.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL): Build independence with self-care tasks such as dressing, bathing, and toileting.


Our services are provided for your convenience at GRMC in the Ahrens Medical Arts Building, Deer Creek Health Center, Grinnell Regional Home Care, and Grinnell Regional Hospice.

For more information call the occupational therapy department at 641-236-2985, or email the department manager at