Occupational Therapy 2019-01-04T15:30:02-05:00

Occupational Therapy

Do you need to regain skills after recovering from injury? Or are experiencing physical and cognitive changes that cause issues in your daily life? At UAMS, our occupational therapists have the training and experience needed to provide the best in rehabilitation services. We can help you function as independently as possible in the areas of self-care, work and other activities.


We treat a variety of conditions requiring occupational rehabilitation, including but not limited to:

Hand therapy: Our Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) specialize in the treatment of the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow. A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of three years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy and successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory. Common conditions treated include fractures, tendon injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, crush injuries and repetitive motion disorder. We also specialize in custom splint/orthosis fabrication to protect your injury and/or surgical repair along with restoring functional movement.

Custom orthotics: If you’ve recently been prescribed a finger, wrist/hand, elbow, or shoulder orthosis by your physician, our hand therapists can fit you for an appropriate orthosis and educate you on proper use and care. Orthotics are continually evolving as more technology becomes available. We have the knowledge to provide traditional and progressive orthotic management with the latest advances in products.

Physical performance testing and training: Our occupational hand therapists use the BTE Simulator II to replicate hundreds of real-world job and daily living functions. This method is data-driven to drive best outcomes by quantitative measures. We are able to put this type of exercise into our therapy treatment to help people recover from sports and other orthopedic injuries. We are able to control the amount of force you put out, while drastically lowering your risk of re-injury.

Lymphedema: Our certified lymphedema therapist specializes in performing manual lymphatic drainage and compression bandaging as needed to improve lymphatic flow and decrease edema. This very gentle massage technique can be used to treat lymphedema related to cancer surgeries or treatments and to decrease post-operative edema. We can also assist you with information on compression garments for long-term treatment of your lymphedema.

Seating and mobility: Our team works with you to ensure proper wheelchair positioning to maximize functional independence and promote good posture, breathing, digestion, and prevention of skin problems. We accomplish this by reviewing a complete history of your environment, occupational and/or physical therapy evaluation, assessment of current equipment, current diagnosis and prognosis, and functional assessment of your seating and mobility needs.

Balance therapy (vestibular therapy)Our vestibular therapists specialize in the treatment of balance impairments and dizziness. Three systems contribute to balance are examined; vestibular system (equilibrium), visual/ oculomotor and somatosensory inputs. An exercise program is customized to address the patient’s specific needs. Conditions treated include but are not limited to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular hypofunction, migraine associated vertigo, cervicogenic dizziness, oculomotor dysfunction.

Low vision: If you have been diagnosed with low vision, UAMS can help you increase your independence and safety. It is possible for people with vision limitations to continue to live independent and meaningful lives with the assistance of an occupational therapist. Using our services, you can improve your reading and writing abilities, meal preparation skills and personal finance management.

Clinic Information


Map and Directions



The Occupational Therapy Clinic is a self-referral clinic. Although UAMS does not require a referral for this clinic, some insurance providers require a referral for specialty care. Please check with your insurance provider prior to requesting an appointment, and contact our office if you need any assistance.

You may request an appointment by calling 501-686-6102.

What should I bring to the appointment?

For your first appointment, please bring a photo ID and your insurance card along with a list of any medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. You should also bring any medical records you can provide, including slides or test results from other clinics.

For future appointments, please provide updated medical and insurance information.

How do I request a prescription refill or contact a nurse from the clinic?

Please call 501-686-6102, or you can request prescription refills during your appointment. If you originally filled your prescription at the UAMS Outpatient Pharmacy, you can also refill your prescription online.

Featured Video

What is occupational therapy?

Paul Creel, an occupational therapist at UAMS, answers the question.

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Free (validated) parking. If needed, shuttles are available to assist you.

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