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About occupational therapy

Occupational therapy involves evaluation and treatment of a person’s abilities to perform activities of daily living which are often compromised due to illness, injury, or surgery.

What tasks will occupational therapy help me accomplish?

It will help with basic self-care tasks such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and using the restroom.

What should I expect during occupational therapy?
In addition to assessing your upper body range of motion, fine motor coordination, and strength, your occupational therapist will look at your safety, endurance, and balance exhibited in self-care tasks. During therapy, you may be directed to use daily living activities or exercise to increase strength and endurance. To improve safety, increase self-care independence, and minimize exertion, you learn to use adaptive equipment. You may receive recommendations about obtaining equipment and making modifications to your home environment.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
Physical therapists work to increase safety, independence, and balance. They can help you learn to use assistive devices, such as crutches, a cane, or a walker. Occupational therapists work closely with physical therapists to increase mobility, but focus on activities of daily living, upper body strengthening, and coordination.

Serving you with several locations

Freeman Rehabilitation and Sports Center
2206 E. 32nd St.
Joplin, MO
417.347.3089

Freeman Rehabilitation Services - Neosho
204 N. Lincoln St.
Neosho, MO
417.455.0907

Freeman NeuroSpine 
1905 W. 32nd St, 4th floor
Joplin, MO
417.347.7252

  Freeman Physical Therapy
510 Park St.
Anderson, MO
417.845.0809

OccuMed
Joplin, for work-injury therapy
3201 McClelland Blvd.
Joplin, MO
417.347.3070

OccuMed
Carthage, for work-injury therapy
1500 S. Case St.
Carthage, MO
417.359.0625