Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists are healthcare providers who are experts in examination and treatment of problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move and function. Occupational therapy offers a range of therapies for muscle and soft tissue injuries, bone and joint injuries, and post-surgical therapies.

How We Help

Whether it’s regaining use of a knee after Orthopaedic surgery or learning to walk again after a stroke, our occupational therapists will help you transition back to activities of daily living through the improved use of your arm or hand for those essential daily tasks.

Our staff of highly-qualified rehabilitation specialists, backed by advanced therapy equipment, offers a full range of therapies for muscle and soft tissue injuries, bone and joint injuries, post-surgical therapy and more.

Our services are available to inpatients and outpatients, and include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with varied diagnoses.

Our therapists work with you to educate you about your impairment and how to avoid future injury. When an injury or disabling disease prevents you from leading the active life you’re accustomed to, our staff of trained professionals is here to help you.

Based on your medical provider’s therapy recommendations, our therapists work with you to develop a personalized program that will help you attain the best quality of life possible.

Our center consists of treatment areas, including private rooms, a large gym area, and a whirlpool/ wound care area.

Our therapists work to stay current in the advancing technologies and have a solid knowledge of manual therapy techniques. At the time of your evaluation each therapist will make a clinical decision on which type of treatment will best meet your needs.

Physical and occupational therapy can address a number of problems. Below is a list of more common diagnoses that we treat. While we can evaluate your injury, you must have a current prescription from a doctor in order to receive treatment.

Common Diagnoses/Injuries

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, or Hand problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rehabilitation After a Serious Injury
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Acute Sprains/Strains of joints
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-Surgery Diagnoses
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Hip Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Chronic Pain
  • Athletic and Sports Injuries
  • Neurological Impairments/Injuries
  • Worker’s Comp Injuries
  • No Fault Injuries

Physician’s Referral

Once you have a prescription from your doctor you will need to call 805/948-5063 to schedule an evaluation. Our friendly front desk staff will let you know what you will need to bring. Depending on the level of care required, every effort will be made to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

The therapy team assesses the appropriateness and clinical necessity of therapy on an ongoing basis based on achievement of therapy goals. Occupational therapy patient goals are formulated based on interactions with patients, families, and caregivers, physicians, nursing and appropriate ancillary staff.

When you return to your physician for a follow-up visit, your therapist will send a progress note. It is important that you let the therapist know when you are returning to see the doctor. If you do not have a follow-up appointment, the therapist will send a note when you have completed your rehabilitation.

Occupational Therapy Locations

Community Memorial Hospital

Ojai Valley Community Hospital