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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages lead independent and productive lives. "Occupations" are daily activities, which range from getting dressed to completing work tasks. Lake Regional occupational therapists help people gain or regain these skills.

Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists help patients who have sustained injuries, including injuries from stroke. Occupational therapists also help children and adults with physical, developmental and social disabilities, and they help older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Lake Regional also has occupational therapists specially trained in lymphedema therapy.

Patients receive an individualized mix of the following services.

  • Individualized evaluations, with time for patients and their families to help determine treatment goals
  • Customized treatment programs to improve the patient's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations, with recommendations on how to make environments better suited to the patient's abilities
  • Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment to replace loss of function
  • Instruction for your family members and attendants in safe and effective care
  • Outcome evaluations that ensure goals are being met

Incontinence and Pelvic Pain

Incontinence can be a sensitive subject, but you are not alone. Incontinence is very common and very treatable. At Lake Regional, our specially trained physical therapists assess and treat a wide variety of conditions involving the musculature of the pelvic floor.

Conditions We Treat

  • Pelvic floor disorders
  • Deconditioned pelvic floor
  • Orthopedic conditions of the hip and spine
  • Prenatal and postpartum periods
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic pain
  • Constipation¬†and fecal incontinence

Treatment Options

Our therapists start with an initial consultation to conduct a careful assessment of your condition. The physical therapist will then create a personalized treatment plan that may consist of a variety of treatment techniques, including:

  • Biofeedback
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Core stability training
  • Postural correction
  • Individualized exercise program
  • Education regarding bladder irritants and urge-control strategies
  • Strategies to improve daily and work activities


Occupational therapy is available to patients with a doctor's order at Lake Regional Rehab Therapy clinics, located at Lake Regional Hospital and at Lake Regional's Eldon and Laurie clinics. All three locations also offer physical therapy and speech therapy for both adult and pediatric patients.