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Occupational Therapy (OT) Services — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that appears in early childhood and continues throughout a person’s life. Signs of ASD typically appear before age 3, but symptoms sometimes are not noticed until later.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It can develop in several locations, including the milk duct (the tube that carries milk to the nipple) and the milk lobule (where milk is produced).
  • The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the inside of the wrist. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the passageway, is squeezed or compressed by the surrounding tissue.
  • Disruptive Mood Regulation Disorder

    Disruptive mood regulation disorder is a diagnosis for children who have frequent and severe temper tantrums. The outbursts, coupled with chronic anger and irritability, may interfere with their ability to function at home and school.
  • Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic problems for people of all ages. Knee pain is most often caused by overuse injuries such as tendonitis, bursitis and patellofemoral pain syndrome (“runner’s knee”) that produce inflammation (pain and swelling).
  • Lymphedema is caused by a backup of lymph fluid, which can lead to swelling in the arms, legs, breast, chest wall, trunk or groin. Your lymphedema care plan at Rush is tailored to your specific symptoms and needs, with the goals of decreasing pain and swelling, improving your ability to move freely and getting you back to the activities you enjoy.
  • With osteoarthritis, or degenerative arthritis, the cartilage that cushions joints loses its elasticity and wears away in places. This makes the bones rub together, causing pain, stiffness and swelling. In addition to wear and tear, research by rheumatologists at Rush and other centers suggests that inflammation may contribute to the development of osteoarthritis.
  • A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops due to a clot, causing brain cells to stop receiving oxygen. There are several types of stroke and stroke-related conditions: ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA). 
  • Tendonitis is swelling and irritation of a tendon, the sinewy structure that connects muscle to bone. It is caused by injury or overuse.