​Occupational Therapy

GHC-SCW's Occupational Therapists are trained to evaluate an injury to determine which structures are involved and what is needed to provide optimal healing. Therapy focuses on relief of pain, promoting healing, restoring range of motion and strength. This leads to a return of function and pain free performance of daily activities.   

Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Addressing your pain immediately after an injury occurs is important for preventing development of chronic or disabling conditions. Early therapeutic treatment helps to reduce inflammation, provides the damaged tissues with an optimal healing environment and can prevent joint restrictions, muscle weakness and limitations in range of motion.

  • Studies show that the more intense and prolonged the pain is immediately after an injury, the more likely it will lead to chronic pain. Addressing pain early can prevent this from occurring.
  • Prolonged pain can cause changes to your nervous system and your perception of pain. This can cause the nerves that inhibit or dampen pain to become less active and the nerves that are sensitive to pain to become more active.
  • Delay of treatment can also cause chronic tissue changes to the muscles and tendons, which can prolong pain.

Differences Between Occupational & Physical Therapy

While both Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Physical Therapists (PTs) receive extensive instruction on human anatomy and the workings of the musculoskeletal system, they usually focus on different aspects of functioning. Many OTs develop expertise in therapy for the hand and arm while most PTs work with the larger muscle groups. Where PTs mainly work with physical aspect of functioning, OTs may also address cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal skills when indicated.

Both OTs and PTs use therapeutic exercise, activities, adaptations and other techniques to overcome barriers that prevent you from achieving maximum performance in daily life. Evaluation and treatment focuses on skills and functions needed for you to do what you need to do or want to do. The ultimate goal of both OT and PT is to help you lead an independent, productive and satisfying life.

Team Work

GHC-SCW PTs and OTs work directly with your Primary Care Provider (PCP) to make sure that you are receiving comprehensive treatment for your injury or condition.

Urgent Care Occupational Therapy

If your injury occurred in the past two weeks, contact GHC NurseConnect at (608) 661-7350 to determine if Urgent Care Occupational Therapy is right for you.

  • Urgent care PT/OT provides same day or next day services for acute injuries (injuries that have occurred in the past two weeks). PT addresses symptoms in the back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee or ankle. OT assesses symptoms of the elbow, wrist and hand.
  • You do not need to see your provider first. When you call to schedule an appointment you will be transferred to a nurse who will screen your symptoms to determine if Urgent Care PT/OT is right for you.
  • The PT and OT therapists who work in Urgent Care PT/OT are trained to recognize injuries that are out of the scope of their practice. If, after completing an evaluation, it is determined that you need a service that a PT or OT is unable to provide, the therapist will refer you to the appropriate medical Provider.

Schedule an Evaluation

Call (608) 662-5060 for an evaluation.

PCP Order

Primary Care Provider (PCP) orders are needed for all OT services. You may request a PCP ORDER for OT by calling your clinic or sending a GHCMyChartSM message to your PCP.

Clinic Locations with OT Services

Capitol Clinic
675 W. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53703
Weekday hours vary
Scheduling line (608) 662-5060
Fax: (608) 252-1419  

East Clinic
5249 East Terrace Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
Weekday hours vary
Scheduling line: (608) 441-3989
Fax: (608) 441-3283

Princeton Club West PT/OT Clinic
8054 Watts Rd.
Madison, WI 53719
Mon., 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tues. - Thurs., 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri.,  6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Scheduling line: (608) 662-5060
Fax: (608) 662-5061