Duke Health occupational therapists help people participate in activities of daily living when there are limitations in physical abilities, thinking skills, and/or visual impairments. We often work closely with physical therapists to evaluate your needs, work together to create goals, and promote independence and overall quality of life.

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The Role of the Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages who have difficulty performing everyday activities. We help people improve strength and coordination, relearn how to bathe, get dressed, and manage homemaking tasks following a stroke or traumatic event

We also perform the following services:

  • Help you use adaptive equipment, such as adapted utensils, reachers, and computer accessibility features
  • Recommend changes to your home or work environment
  • Partner with your family and caregivers to solve problems and promote activity
  • Provide instruction on exercises to improve strength and coordination
  • Fabricate hand splints for positioning and pain management
  • Offer education and recommendation for community resources
  • Perform assessments to evaluate your need for a wheelchair or mobility device, determine your medical fitness to drive, and assess your readiness to return to work

Condition-Related Rehabilitation
Our occupational therapists also work with providers who treat the following conditions:

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Why Choose Duke

Board-Certified Occupational Therapists
Many of our occupational therapists are board certified and are experienced in working with adults with specific health needs. Our occupational therapists are committed to learning and helping others. We teach local occupational therapy educational programs and participate in support groups and clinical research studies.

We Perform Comprehensive Evaluations
Your comprehensive evaluation begins with a discussion about your personal health goals. This conversation helps us set benchmarks to measure progress and create a customized rehabilitation plan. We focus your treatment on helping you re-train movement and regain the ability to participate in self-care with adaptive equipment when needed. We also provide instruction on compensatory strategies or using adaptive equipment to allow you to perform everyday activities so you can live as independently as possible.

Consistently Ranked Among the Nation’s Best Hospitals

Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why we are once again recognized as the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 10 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2023–2024.

This page was medically reviewed on 09/30/2022 by