Occupational Therapy

The Outpatient Occupational Therapy Team at Denver Health offers rehabilitation services focused on helping patients restore maximum functional ability to handle daily tasks after injury or disease has caused limitations. This includes establishing a therapy program to work on identified deficits with appropriate goals that might include improving strength and range of motion of the upper extremity after an injury or relearning independence with dressing or meal preparation after a stroke.

Since Denver Health is a Level I Trauma center, the occupational therapists at Denver Health specialize in rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity with a high volume caseload of related injuries. Our therapists will work with you and your significant others as needed to help you achieve your personal goals in rehabilitation.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy Services

  • Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries and disease processes
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Lymphedema of the upper extremity
  • Worker compensation injuries

Adult and Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Our therapists are known for their outstanding satisfaction rates and compassionate care with successful outcomes. With our expertise in the upper extremity and neurological conditions, our team can help you regain your independence and get you back to the activities you love.

With a referral from your health care provider, our occupational therapists can treat anyone dealing with an upper extremity deficits or injuries in need of rehabilitation from children to adults. Denver Health also offers pediatric therapy with specialized therapists for conditions other than trauma. There are specialized therapists on staff that can help manage limitations caused by neurological conditions and that affect your activities of daily living (work, play, education and self-care).

Our Team

Our team is made up of highly experienced and qualified certified hand therapists, doctors of occupational therapy, certified lymphedema therapists and rehab technicians. This team is committed to providing exceptional care for all by implementing up-to-date, evidence-based interventions while simultaneously collaborating with each patient to identify their needs and priorities in rehabilitation. 

Common Injuries and Conditions

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lymphedema management
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Stroke 
  • Tendinitis
  • Tendon lacerations
  • Trigger finger
  • TBI
  • Upper extremity fractures
  • Upper extremity sprains and strains

Your Visit

Plan on 60 minutes for your first consult.  Follow up treatment sessions will last approximately 30-60 minutes. During the initial consult, an occupational therapist will do a formal evaluation of your condition, identify your deficits and in collaboration with you will establish your goals. Based on those goals, your therapist will provide a personalized plan of care which may include the use of therapeutic activities, therapeutic modalities (heat, ice, Ultrasound, TENS and infrared light therapy), splinting, scar management, desensitization, gross and fine motor activities and strengthening.

A home program will be developed that is specific to your needs. Depending on the needs of each patient, therapy sessions may be once or twice a week or less (once or twice a month) and can last several visits or several months. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the allowed number of visits for occupational therapy set by your health insurance plan.

Feel free to call our front desk at 303-602-1600 with any questions regarding outpatient occupational therapy services or if you have any insurance related questions.

Eastside Clinic

Therapy services are also offered at the Eastside clinic at 501 28th St, Denver, CO 80205, specializing in neurological patients. They can be reached at 303-602-4642.