What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy uses treatment to develop, recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of people of all ages with physical, mental or developmental conditions.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy?

  • People with work-related injuries
  • People who have had a stroke, heart attack or traumatic brain injury
  • People with arthritis, multiple sclerosis or other serious illnesses
  • Children with birth injuries, learning problems or developmental disabilities
  • People with burns, spinal cord injuries or amputations
  • People with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls or accidents.

Our treatment rooms provide a spacious and quiet place to:

  • Improve cognitive and memory skills
  • Enhance fine motor skills
  • Strengthen upper extremities
  • Improve range of motion
  • Offer independence with daily living activities.

Tri-County Health Care - Wadena Rehabilitation Clinic

Other patient services include:

Care Provided

In developing a care and treatment plan customized to your specific needs, our experienced OT staff can provide assistance in each of the following areas:

  • Energy conservation to increase endurance to perform activities of daily living
  • Home improvement recommendations to increase independence and safety
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations, with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance of skills assessments and treatment
  • Education and training to patients, family and caregivers
  • Provide training in adaptive equipment to increase independence and safety
  • Fabrication of splints that provide support for the upper extremity to promote healing and return to function, work, athletic and/or recreational activities

Other Specific Treatment & Therapies Include:

Hand Therapy

Occupational Therapy has specialized training to provide rehabilitation for multiple hand injuries including: carpal tunnel, hand fractures, amputation, nerve injury, crushing and degloving. The Rehabilitation staff includes occupational therapists who understand the finer details of hand structure and function to achieve maximal functional outcomes.


Lymphedema may be the result of multiple conditions such as breast cancer or pelvic surgery that involves removal of lymph vessels, radiation, scarring and inflammation. Treatment focuses on reducing swelling and controlling pain.

Low Vision

Low vision creates difficulty seeing small details and low contrast/color. Symptoms of low vision include challenges with sensitivity to glare and changes in lighting. Low vision may be caused by the natural aging process, Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma or Diabetic Retinopathy. Tri-County Health Care's Occupational Therapy promotes the "Aging in Place" program by helping patients learn other ways to accomplish daily activities. Lora Foust, OT, SCLV, is one of 40 occupational therapists in the nation certified in low vision and she is available to address these deficits at our Wadena Rehabilitation Clinic.


Tri-County Health Care's Occupational therapists who work with children are knowledgeable about stages of development and the appropriate milestones in a child's physical, mental and behavioral development. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping children recovering from injury to regain skills and providing supports for children experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Sensory Integration

Tri-County Health Care's Occupational therapists provide assessment and treatment for Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) in our sensory-rich environment. SPDs include conditions such as ADHD and Autism. Children are most commonly treated for SPD with occupational therapy (OT) supplemented with listening therapy (LT) or other complementary therapies. Sometimes, other professionals such as physical therapists, speech/language therapists, teachers and/or others who have advanced training in using a sensory integration approach may be involved in treatment. Our therapists treat SPDs using a family-centered approach in which patients, parents and therapists become partners who assume different, but essential roles during treatment. Together, the family and the therapist collaborate to develop the best possible program that reflects the family's culture, needs, and values. Treatment from a family-centered clinic improves the likelihood that the patient will benefit and be satisfied with the therapeutic program they have chosen.


Providing the very best in evidence based treatment, our experienced staff will be with you in every stage of your journey.

Linda Trosdahl, OTR/L, CLT
Linda Trosdahl, OTR/L, CLT