occupational therapist with patient in clinic

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on therapy aimed at retraining, modifying a task or adapting the environment for patients to become and remain independent. "Occupations" refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities and occupational therapists develop customized patient-focused plans for rehabilitation.



Hennepin Healthcare has excellent comprehensive occupational therapy care for both inpatients and outpatients and treats all ages. Our therapy  is multidisciplinary and patient-focused working on the patient’s goals from the very beginning of their journey.

All occupational therapists at Hennepin Healthcare hold either a bachelors (BA, BS) or masters (MS, MOT) level of education and meet the standards of licensure and certification. Many therapists have specialty certifications or special interests in areas such as splinting, neuro-rehabilitation, neuro-vision rehabilitation, hand therapy, pediatrics, burn therapy and many others.

Patients commonly referred to occupational therapy include:

  • Stroke patients
  • Burn patients
  • Brain injury patients
  • Patients with a spinal cord injury
  • Cancer patients (therapy can help reduce fatigue and optimize physical function)
    • See our Certified STAR program at Hennepin Healthcare
  • Progressive neurological conditions such as MS (multiple sclerosis,) Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) or Huntington’s disease
  • Pediatrics, such as in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for our tiniest patients, our state-of-the-art Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for critical infants, children and adolescents and children who have suffered a brain injury and kids with developmental delays, living with an illness or recovering from an injury such as a brain injury
  • Trauma, orthopedics
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Hand injuries
  • Amputees

Occupational therapists may provide education and training to improve or develop skills in the following areas:

  • Daily living skills such as eating, preparing meals, driving, dressing, cleaning, personal hygiene
  • Adaptive equipment usage – for example, to help with dressing or using bathroom equipment
  • Assessment and modification of an environment to improve safety and independence
  • Cognitive skills including memory, problem-solving, safety and judgment
  • Motor skills such as strength and coordination
  • Neuro-vision therapy
  • Play and motor development

Occupational therapists are also experts in splinting and can provide or fabricate splints for various injuries or diagnoses.

Interpreter services are available.

Call 612-873-4377 for an appointment or more information.


Hospital-based care

This is a hospital-based clinic owned by Hennepin Healthcare. Many insurance plans pay for health care services provided in a hospital-based clinic differently than those provided in a doctor’s office. Your insurance may require that you meet your annual deductible and/or require that you pay a percentage of the bill rather than just an office visit co-payment. You should check with your insurance company if you have any questions. Read the Frequently asked questions about hospital-based clinics to learn more.