Occupational Therapy

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We know that your health and the health of your family are important to you.

Our occupational therapists work with you. Using a gentle and personal touch, their goal is to help restore movement, regain daily living skills, rebuild confidence and independence, prevent injuries and improve the quality of your life.

We also know how busy you are.

That is why we provide the latest in occupational therapy services in comfortable surroundings and at appointment times that are convenient for you.

Visit us before work, during lunch or after work or school. For added convenience we have evening and Saturday hours too.

As always parking is safe, free and convenient. Or if you need a ride, call VanGo (298-2370) and we will be happy to pick you up and take you home again.

We accept most insurance. Please bring your insurance card(s), co-pay if applicable and your physician's prescription (order) with you when you come for your outpatient appointment.

Our friendly, helpful staff is committed to making your experience at Mount St. Mary's Rehabilitation Center the best it can be.

What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy helps patients with permanent and temporary disabilities achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the skills for the everyday job of living as well as for their work, play and leisure activities.

Can I benefit from Occupational Therapy?
Many people benefit from the personally designed occupational therapy program our team can provide. These include:

  • Work related injuries such as low back, upper extremity or repetitive injuries
  • Stroke or heart attack disabilities
  • Chronic conditions such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis
  • Burn, spinal cord injuries or amputations
  • Broken bones or injuries from falls, sports injuries or accidents
  • Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • Mental health or behavioral problems such as Alzheimer's
  • Substance abuse or eating disorders
  • Vision or cognitive problems that threaten the ability to drive
  • Person's with chronic breathing difficulties
  • Cognitive problems that interfere with the activities of daily living

How are injuries and disabilities treated?
There are a variety of ways to treat each patient. Our therapists will work with you to design a personal treatment program to maximize daily life activities. When a skill and/or strength can not be developed or improved, we can offer creative solutions to help you gain independence.

  • Re-learning self care tasks
    Mobility, cooking and feeding, dressing, hygiene, etc.
  • Ergonomics
    Adapting tools and work station environment to prevent or overcome illness or injury or improve efficiency
  • Learning work skills
    Proper body mechanics, pacing and lifting techniques
  • Improved movement
    Hand therapy, work and play activities, recommending wheelchairs and other equipment, assistive devices, stretching and flexibility exercises.
  • Therapeutic exercise for
    strength building, range of motion, flexibility and posture
  • Aerobic exercises
    walking, swimming, cycling
  • Relaxation therapy
    helps release contracted muscles that can cause pain.
  • Design splints
    to help protect or support and injury

Your Occupational Therapy Team
Your occupational therapy team members have received highly specialized training in the latest techniques and methods to restore function and independence and prevent injury. They regularly attend continuing education programs in order to bring you the best treatments possible.

Your First Visit
During your first visit you will receive a thorough evaluation so that a personal program can be designed for you. Together with your physician and therapist you will determine your goals and course of treatment.

How to Participate
Physician referral is necessary. Please call us at 298-2249 and we will be happy to assist you.

Outpatient Hours:
We are open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. same day appointments are available. Please call us at 298-2249. Our office is located at One Colomba Drive, Niagara Falls, New York 14304, take the Witmer Road exit off the 190.

Located minutes from the Canadian border, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital is the hospital of choice for Western New York and Niagara Falls residents.

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