Occupational Therapy at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

If you’re a person having trouble using your arms or hands for writing, eating, self-care, cooking, cleaning, laundry or work tasks, you may benefit from occupational therapy here at Silver Cross Hospital. Our therapists perform assessments, education, and treatment on our acute inpatient medical floors, inpatient rehabilitation unit and outpatient clinic. We work with you and your family or caregivers to educate and improve your overall abilities through use of exercise, activities and/or strategies or equipment during one on one individualized sessions. 

What is Occupational Therapy?

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Occupational Therapy (OT) provides evaluation, treatment, education, and training for individuals experiencing difficulties with strength, movements, sensation, coordination, and function in the Arms and hands. OT is a form of therapy for those looking to increase their independence and function after an illness, injury, or disability by encouraging rehabilitation through the participation of exercises and meaningful activities.

Are you or someone you know experiencing difficulty with:

  • Use of arms or hands
  • Difficulty performing daily self-care such as dressing, bathing, hygiene, grooming, and self-feeding
  • Difficulty using arms and hands for cooking, cleaning, laundry, writing, or work tasks
  • Proper posture, body mechanics, or ergonomics for safety and independence in every day or work life

Areas of Specialty

Common diagnoses of individuals who receive Occupational Therapy services (evaluation and treatment is not limited to individuals with these diagnoses):

  • Stroke Recovery
  • Neurologic disorders such as PD or MS
  • Cancer, peripheral neuropathy
  • De-conditioning from surgery, hospitalization, or injury
  • Hand or arm injuries or surgeries
  • Arthritis, sensory changes
  • Pre-driving Screens
  • Ergonomics
  • Custom splinting
  • Education in use of DME adaptive equipment and strategies

Types of Treatment

  • Muscle stimulation
  • TENS
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Heat
  • Cold Therapy
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • Ultrasound
  • Light therapy

How to Get Treatment

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physician's order, contact us at 815-300-7110.

How to Get Treatment

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at Silver Cross care is available nearby offering convenient scheduling hours including evenings. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physician’s order, contact the Silver Cross location closest to you.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a physician’s order, call (815) 300-7110.


Silver Cross Hospital
Pavilion A
1890 Silver Cross Blvd.
New Lenox, IL 60451
Phone (815) 300-7110
Fax (815) 300-4841

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.