UNM Health System’s occupational therapists are focused on helping you recover so you become independent and active to the best of your potential as soon as possible.
We work with you and use evidence-based treatments and therapies to identify the functional skills you need in your daily work and personal life. We then develop customized programs to help you complete activities that are important to your regaining and achieving optimum independence.
What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy helps people recover or build skills for independent daily living like getting dressed, bathing, cleaning and cooking. Occupational therapy is used to evaluate and improve visual-perceptual skills. Our therapists specialize in treatment of burns, neurological disorders and hand injuries.
Specialized occupational therapy services
Our certified hand therapists treat a variety of hand, wrist and elbow injuries and conditions. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and other chronic conditions as well as fractures, traumas and burns. Services include customized splinting and pre- and post-operative management. Hand therapists also provide conservative/non-operative treatment like ergonomic assessment, therapeutic exercises and training, and symptom management.
Upper extremity amputation rehabilitation
Occupational therapists provide rehabilitation for patients with upper extremity amputations. Services include prosthetic (artificial limb) training and specialized equipment to help individuals resume activities of daily living and maximum independence.
Neurologic dysfunction rehabilitation
Patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injuries and neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) can benefit from specialized occupational therapies. Our specialists work with patients to develop a customized approach to building independence in the activities of daily living.