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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Physical therapist works with patient raising bar

Occupational therapists (OTs) enable people to participate in activities of everyday life. OTs work to improve an individual’s ability, modify their environment or adapt their activities.

At Sibley, OT subspecialties include hand therapy and lymphedema treatment. Learn more about the multidisciplinary care provided by the rehabilitation team.

Hand Therapy

The Hand Clinic at Sibley is staffed by experienced therapists who work closely with hand surgeons to increase people’s range of motion, strength, coordination and function. A custom splint may be fabricated to ensure proper positioning during the recovery process. Those who benefit from hand therapy include people with hand trauma and postoperative reconstructive procedures, including joint replacement.

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease that involves an abnormal accumulation of fluid, commonly caused by surgery or radiation therapy. The staff at Sibley uses a variety of techniques to relieve the symptoms of lymphedema, reduce pain and improve range of motion so that the impact is as minimal as possible.

Learn more about lymphedema treatment at Sibley.

About the Team

Jessica Cusimano OTR/L, CLT

Cusimano joined Sibley in 2016 and has been practicing in the DC area for almost 20 years. She specializes in treating patients with neurological, cancer and low vision diagnoses. She has certifications in LSVT BIG, low vision from UAB, and is a certified Lymphedema specialist. 

Margaret Walborg-Silva, OTR/L, CLT-LANA

Margaret Walborg-Silva is an Occupational Therapist who has worked full time in lymphedema management at Sibley Memorial Hospital since 2010. She is certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) and specializes in lymphedema management for head and neck cancer patients. She values education and encourages her patients towards knowledge, a functional skill set and independence with home management tools.