Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy evaluates and treats clients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Occupational Therapy uses creative and innovative methods to provide our patients with the care needed so that they may return to their maximum functional level of independence. The Occupational Therapy program at Jackson Hospital offers a wide variety of comprehensive services. Occupational Therapy provides programs for those in need of upper /lower extremity rehabilitation to enhance activities of daily living skills, work and leisure and play. Occupational Therapy also enhances development, prevents disability and adapts everyday simple tasks.

Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Listed are the most common diagnoses treated by Occupational Therapy, but are not limited to::

  • Stroke (CVA-Cerebrovascular Accident)
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Upper/Lower Extremity Fractures
  • Amputations of the Upper/Lower Extremity
  • Upper/Lower Extremity Joint Replacements
  • Total Hip Replacements
  • Total Shoulder Replacements
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Tendon Lacerations/Tears/Strains/Sprains
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Burns
  • Upper/Lower Extremity Wounds
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Pain Disorders
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture Release

Jackson Hospital offers the following Occupational Therapy Services:
  • Hand Therapy
  • Retraining of upper/lower extremity coordination/dexterity/strength/range of motion
  • Fabrication/Monitoring custom made splints
  • Instruction in activities of daily living (feeding, grooming, dressing and household management/ tasks)
  • Instruction in the use of adaptive equipment (reachers,long handle bath sponges, sock aids, dressing sticks, button hooks, etc)
  • Retraining in Cognitive/Perceptual Tasks
  • Hand Splinting
  • Wound Care of the Upper Extremities
  • Orthopedic Rehab (Fractures of the Upper Extremities)
  • Total Joint Education
  • Joint Protection/Energy Conservation (Arthritis Patients)
  • Scar Management
  • Edema Management
  • Usage of Modalities (Hot packs, cold packs, paraffin, electrical stimulation, TENS, iontophoresis, ultrasound, phonophoresis)
  • Desensitization Program

Who performs the test?

The examination is performed by a licensed professional Occupational Therapist.

Where does it take place?

Inpatient-Jackson Hospital
Outpatient- Jackson Hospital Therapy
4230 Lafayette Street
Suite C
Marianna, FL 32446

How long does it take?

Inpatient-Initial Evaluations/Treatment varies upon patient status.

Outpatient-Initial evaluations typically take approximately 1 hour. Treatments typically take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour (time is determined by your therapist).

What you can do to make it a success?

  • Be on time for your scheduled appointment.
  • Make sure to bring a care giver/significant other to relay information or drive you, if necessary.
  • Bring your doctor’s referral, photo ID and all insurance cards when registering for your new evaluation.
  • Bring all medications or a list of your medications you are currently taking.
  • Bring all medical records that pertain to your diagnosis for which you are being seen for, if available.
  • Take pain medication approximately 30 minutes prior to the initial evaluation.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.

What to do before your exam?

No preparation is needed for an Occupational Therapy Evaluation.

What happens during your exam?

The Occupational Therapist will assess your range of motion, strength, edema, coordination skills, sensory and functional skills. He/she will use skilled observations, standardized testing and patient/family reports according to your diagnosis. The therapist will then form a plan of care based on the findings of your evaluation and develop long term and short term goals. The therapist will educate the patient on a home exercise program and answer any questions that the patient may have regarding initial evaluation.

What to do after your exam?

The Occupational Therapist will determine the number of necessary treatments and frequency based on your prescription from your doctor. The patient will then have the opportunity to schedule follow up treatment with our staff. It is necessary to show functional gains with any therapy program in order for your payer source (insurance) to cover your occupational therapy services. Compliance with all treatments, home exercise programs and visits is vital part to making your occupational therapy program a success.

You cannot receive outpatient occupational therapy services and home health services at the same time.

Contact Information:

Hours of operation: Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm (CST)
Physical Therapy Department: (850) 526-1093
Fax Number: (850) 526-1803