Meaningful everyday activities are performed without much thought until the moment a person has trouble doing them. Sometimes, people are involved in an accident, develop an injury or are diagnosed with an illness that makes it challenging to participate in routine daily activities.

Many times, after being treated by a physician, patients are encouraged to participate in Occupational Therapy (OT). Occupational Therapists at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) are specifically trained to help patients participate in the things they want or need to do on a regular basis.

“Pikeville Medical Center offers Occupational Therapy to help patients who struggle to do everyday tasks improve their quality of life,” said PMC Primary Care Physician Jahnave Gudaru. “Often, patients need to be referred to OT to help them regain or maintain their independence, which is important for both their physical and mental health.”

OT is a treatment that works to improve motor skills and motor planning. PMC’s Occupational Therapy team works closely with each adult and pediatric patient to develop a treatment plan to increase the chance of success in the rehabilitation process.

“PMC’s Occupational Therapists are skilled healthcare professionals who use research and scientific evidence to help our patients,” said PMC Director of Rehab Services, Linda Derossett. “The goal is to help people resume or maintain participation in a variety of tasks – their jobs, leisure and social activities, caring for themselves and their home or even just getting around.”

For more information on Occupational Therapy options at Pikeville Medical Center, call 606-218-3507 or visit