Occupational Therapy

Starting you on the road to recovery

Have you been hospitalized with an illness, injury or other condition that affects your ability to care for yourself safely and comfortably? If so, the licensed occupational therapists of the Tufts Medical Center Inpatient Occupational Therapy Program can help.

We work with you from the earliest stages of recovery to help you regain the skills you need to be independent again. Our services include personalized evaluation and treatment recommendations, inpatient therapy, family education, and recommendations about equipment to assist with self-care needs.

How can occupational therapy help me in the hospital?

While you're recovering in the hospital at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, we can teach you new ways to complete everyday tasks so that you can be both safe and independent. For example, if you've just had a hip replacement, we can show you techniques for getting dressed safely and moving around the bathroom in a way that will not harm the surgery site. We can also recommend ways to modify your home while you're readjusting.

Seeing an occupational therapist in the hospital can also help you get a head start on your rehabilitation process. We can provide your doctor with a detailed, individualized evaluation and treatment recommendations so that you have a rehabilitation plan in place before you're even discharged.

Hand therapy program

The Hand Therapy Program at Tufts Medical Center provides specialized rehabilitation services for patients with elbow, wrist and hand injuries or dysfunction. Our licensed and registered occupational therapists have all obtained a certification in hand therapy.

The hand therapists work closely with Tufts Medical Center surgeons to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient. We use a variety of treatment techniques, including edema (swelling) reduction, scar management, heat treatments and strengthening programs to restore function and reduce pain.