occupational therapist with patient in clinic

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can help people develop, recover, improve, and maintain skills for independence in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapists promote health and wellbeing by enabling people to participate in the everyday occupations of life, such as self-care activities including showering, dressing, and preparing food; productive activities such as education, work volunteering, and caring for others; and leisure/social activities.


Hennepin Healthcare provides excellent comprehensive occupational therapy care for both inpatients and outpatients of all ages. Using an interdisciplinary approach and a patient-focused treatment plan, therapists work to achieve patient goals from the very beginning of their journey.

All occupational therapists at Hennepin Healthcare hold a bachelors (BA, BS) or masters (MS, MOT), or doctorate (DOT) level of education, in addition to meeting all state and national licensure and certification requirements. Many therapists have specialty certifications or training in splint fabrication, neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-vision rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, burn therapy and numerous others.

Occupational therapy multiple conditions:

Neurologic conditions

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis,) Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or Huntington’s disease
  • Amputation
  • Hemiparesis

Safety concern / Health & wellness conditions

  • Falls/balance issues
  • Coordination issues
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Developmental issues or delays
  • Need for energy conservation or activity adaption/equipment


  • Wound care assessment/management
  • Scars management
  • Pain management
  • Edema
  • Splinting / orthotics


Pediatric conditions

  • Breastfeeding issues in newborns
  • Torticollis
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Neurolocid dsorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Sensory processing issues
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Visual perceptual  / processing issues

Hand therapy

  • Orthopedic upper extremity trauma
  • Hand injury or trauma
  • Elbow injury
  • Finger injury
  • Wrist injury
  • Post-surgery recovery for upper extremity

Occupational therapists provide education intervention to improve or develop skills in the following areas:

  • Daily living skills such as eating, preparing meals, driving, dressing, cleaning, and personal hygiene
  • Use of adaptive equipment - for example, equipment to assist with using the bathroom or getting dressed
  • Assessment and modification of an environment to improve safety and, efficiency, and independence
  • Cognitive skills including memory, problem-solving, safety, and judgment
  • Motor skills such as strength, movement, and coordination
  • Energy conservation strategies and techniques for chronic conditions
  • Neuro-vision therapy
  • Play and motor development
  • Application and fabrication of splints for various injuries and diagnoses

Interpreter services are available.

For an appointment of more information call 612-873-6963. 

Hand Occupational Therapy

Hand therapists specialize in conditions that affect fingers, hands, wrists and wlbows.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Therapists who specialize in occupational therapy for children from birth to age seven focus on the special conditions they can face. 

Driving Assessments

A driving assessment can be done to monitor and improve changes in physical and thinking abilities.

Burn Therapy

Occupational therapists who specialize in all phases of burn recovery work with all ages of patients after discharge.

Brain Injury Occupational Therapy

This therapy addresses vision, cognition (understanding) and function for brain injuries.

Neuromuscular Occupational Therapy

This therapy addresses arm functioning for patients that have a neurologic condition to improve activities of daily living.