Norton County Hospital is recognizing its occupational therapist on staff, Margi Nielsen. According to The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent – or live better with – an injury, illness or disability.
Nielsen has worked in Norton since 2016. In March 2018, she completed training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) and offers lymphedema therapy for patients as one of her services. Lymphedema treatment includes manual lymph drainage by gently massaging areas to redirect fluid that has caused swelling. Additionally, compression wraps can help keep the fluid out of the area and reduce the amount of stagnant fluid that builds up.
In addition to lymphedema therapy, Nielsen sees patients at the hospital and on an outpatient basis for self cares (transfers, toileting, bathing, etc.), shoulder/elbow injuries and fine motor skills. Her skills and experience are vast and include inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics and geriatrics. She also has experience in home modifications and wheelchair evaluations.
Patients need a prescription for occupational therapy from their primary care provider. If you have questions, call 785-874-2222.