Occupational Therapy

UPMC Chautauqua WCA Occupational Therapy Team Occupational Therapists are health care professionals whose goals are to help patients reach their highest level of independence and improve quality of life.

The profession of Occupational Therapy is concerned with human lives that have been disrupted by disease, physical injury or accident, birth defects, aging, and emotional or developmental problems.

The Occupational Therapist puts knowledge and experience to work in designing specific programs to help patients return to health and independent functioning, including work, leisure and play.

Patients who may benefit from Occupational Therapy services include those with the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Burns
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Amputation
  • Hand injury
  • Trauma (i.e. fracture, joint replacement)
  • Back disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Work-related injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Neurological disorders (i.e. multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy)

Each patient's case is unique. In every case, the Occupational Therapist encourages patients to make the maximum effort and build upon the strengths they have.


Outpatient services are provided at the UPMC Chautauqua Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Services, located directly behind UPMC Chautauqua at 207 Foote Avenue, Jamestown.

Specialized Services Include:

Treatment Techniques and Methods:

  • Hot and cold
  • Paraffin bath
  • Splinting/Orthotics
  • TENS/Respond
  • Biofeedback
  • Edema management
  • Scar management
  • Home safety
  • Assistive/Adapted equipment
  • Range of motion
  • Joint protection
  • Work simplification/energy conservation
  • Activities of daily living
  • Transfer training
  • Therapeutic exercise for strengthening, balance, endurance, coordination
  • Visual-perceptual retraining
  • Congnitive retraining
  • Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment (BTE)

For more information, call the UPMC Chautauqua Occupational Therapy Program at 716-664-8278.

NOTE: All services are provided through physician referral on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.