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Lupus and APS Center of Excellence

Occupational Therapy Services

Occupational therapy provides individualized treatment programs designed to improve dexterity, coordination, mobility and strength of the upper extremities. This specialty focuses on maximizing independence in daily activities to ensure optimal level of function at home and on the job.

The occupational therapists at the HSS Hand Therapy Center are experienced in managing patients’ lupus, APS, and related conditions and are trained to evaluate, assess musculoskeletal function and functional performance. The effects of your disease on your joints can make it difficult to perform everyday simple tasks such as:

  • Brushing your teeth and hair
  • Opening a jar
  • Buttoning or zipping a jacket

With your doctor’s referral, an occupational therapist can recommend new ways of doing things or devices to make tasks easier, and help make you more independent. Occupational therapists can also prescribe specific exercises to help stretch the tissue and maintain motion.