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Nick — Occupational Therapy Patient Story​

On July 2, 2013, Nick had a terrible accident while on the job. Working as a machinist at a local company, his left hand got caught in a press and was amputated.

Nick was flown by Stat MedEvac to UPMC Presbyterian where surgeons from UPMC were able to reattach Nick's hand. But that was really just the beginning of the recovery process for Nick as he would need ongoing therapy to regain the use of his hand and heal.

Nick chose the UPMC Centers for Rehab Services Hand Therapy clinic in Oakland for his occupational therapy.


Within a few weeks of surgery, Nick had his first therapy session with Kim Maguire, MS, OTR/L, CHT. "We went over what to expect and what the treatment would be like. When I first started, my hand was still wrapped up and we started with a lot of stretching," says Nick. "My therapist Kim and the entire staff at CRS are excellent, without a doubt. I see them work with every type of injury. They're extremely friendly and welcoming."

Nick started therapy three times a week but recently stepped down to twice weekly, in addition to the exercises he does at home as prescribed by his therapy team.

Nick is very upbeat about his recovery. "I'm making excellent progress. I have almost all the mobility back. Now I'm working on improving my fine motor skills and waiting for some of the nerves to heal."

When Nick finishes therapy, he fully expects to get back to work as a machinist.

Read more about the occupational therapy program at UPMC Centers for Rehab Services.