Core Physical Therapy’s Occupational Therapy Services

Sarah Shivley, OTR/L, MOT, WCC – Occupational Therapist


Treatment Philosophy:

As an experienced Hand and Upper Extremity Occupational Therapist, Sarah works directly with Orthopedic Surgeons in the Chicago Land Area to customize treatment for both conservative and post surgical Occupational Therapy needs. Understanding your individual diagnosis and/or surgery as well as the resulting treatment—her philosophy is to treat each patient with the best individual care available. The goal of both Core and Sarah is to reinstate your quality of life as quickly as possible by restoring your ability to execute daily tasks

Services Provided:

Sarah is skilled in treatment of the elbow, hand, thumb/fingers, which may include custom orthosis fabrication and adjustments, wound care, kinesiotaping, joint mobilization, tendon and nerve injuries, fractures, static and dynamic orthotics and bracing, ergonomic education, modalities, suture removal, assessing the physical capability and accordingly altering the medical therapy plans and utilizing various therapy tools as needed. Additionally, Sarah will work closely with your physician to effectively and safely carry out the rehabilitation procedures of her patients.



Exercise and Strength Programs

Ergonomic Evaluations

Sensory Re-education

Joint mobilization

Custom Splinting

Pain Management

Scar Remodeling

Edema Control

Wound Care


Common Conservative and Postoperative Diagnoses Treated:

Fractures, Sprains and Dislocations of the Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, Hand and Fingers

Tendon and Nerve Injuries

Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis

Wounds: Trauma/Infections

Amputations and Re-plantation

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Bicep and Tricep Injuries

Dupuytren’s Disease

Ganglion Cysts

Trigger Finger

De Quervains

Tommy John