Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Occupational Therapy at Somerset Campus

908-685-2945

Occupational therapy is a type of rehabilitation that helps people who are limited by a physical or emotional illness, impairment, or injury regain and build skills necessary to lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Therapists work closely with each patient to help them optimize their function by minimizing their functional impairments. This may include the use of compensatory techniques, adaptive equipment, and manual intervention to develop their functional capability to the fullest extent possible. Occupational therapy can help those with:

  • Hand injuries
  • Orthopedic conditions such as total knee/hip replacements or fractures
  • Lymphedema
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological impairments such as stroke or Parkinson’s
  • Burns
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease

Our occupational therapists work closely with each patient, the healthcare team, family members and appropriate community resources. Generally, early intervention leads to the most effective restoration of function. Treatment may include:

  • Modalities such as heat, ice, paraffin or whirlpool
  • Manual therapies to improve motion
  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Splint fabrication and modification
  • Energy conservation and work simplification
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
  • Activities that simulate work tasks
  • Home exercise programs
  • Upper extremity coordination
  • Cognitive and visual perceptual/sensory re-education

Specialized programs include:

  • Specialized Hand Therapy
  • Prospective Post-breast Surgery Rehabilitation: which addresses musculoskeletal dysfunctions resulting from movement limitations following surgery and identifies potential risk for lymphedema,  
  • Upper Extremity Orthopedic Rehabilitation: which includes fabrication of proper splints to help protect and restore functions of the injured extremity.
  • NDT/Stroke Rehabilitation: a problem-solving approach to the evaluation and treatment of functional limitation of patients who have had a stroke. This philosophy focuses on the multi-disciplinary approach addressing the sensorimotor limitations and dysfunctions. There is an increased challenge to activate or involve the affected side in the recovery process.
  • Neurological Rehabilitation, LSVT- BIG/ Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Program: a research-based exercise program which drives intense and high effort practice to re-educate the body as to the amount of effort required to produce normal movement. Through the use of higher amplitude/bigger movements balance, trunk rotation and arm and hand function and movement will improve.
  • Iserhagen  Certified Industrial Rehabilitation: for assessment of pre-work screens, and “FCE” Functional Capacity Evaluation to help the worker return to work.

Occupational therapy requires a referral from a physician. For more information about our services, call 908-685-2945.