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What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy uses everyday life activities to promote health, well-being, and your ability to participate in the important activities in your life. This includes any meaningful activity that a person wants to accomplish, including taking care of yourself and your family, working, volunteering, going to school, among many others.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy? Physical therapy focuses on improving a person's ability to move their body whereas occupational therapy focuses on improving the patient's ability to perform preferred activities.

What is Hand Therapy?

What is Hand Therapy?

Hand therapy is defined as the art and science of rehabilitation of the upper limb including the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb to enhance a patient’s ability to execute tasks.

Why Choose Us?

Why Choose Us?

Our practice is dedicated to providing you with a holistic, individualized care plan that will allow you to return to your preferred activities of daily living.  Our goal is to provide each person with quality, comprehensive care using the latest therapeutic techniques.

We strive to provide prompt and effective treatment so that each patient can participate and enjoy the lifestyle they desire.



We provide on-site outpatient occupational and hand therapy services to adults with upper extremity injuries - focusing on hands, wrists, and elbows.

Common injuries we see include:

    • Pre/Post Operative Conditions
    • Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Fractures
    • Arthritic Conditions
    • Repetitive Motion/Stress Injuries
    • Nerve Related Injury

Our Team

Emily McKinnon, MS OTR/L - Empower Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation

Emily McKinnon, MS OTR/L

Emily received her bachelors of arts degree in psychology from North Carolina State University in December 2014 and received her master of science degree in occupational therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University in August 2017. She began her career working as a hand therapist in Rockville, MD and furthered her experience by working directly with a hand surgeon at INOVA in Fairfax, VA. Emily utilizes a holistic approach to treatment and is focused on assisting patients in returning to the activities they enjoy.

She discovered her love for hand therapy when she was provided the opportunity to work at Naval Medical Center, Camp Lejeune in the outpatient orthopedic clinic, with a focus on hand therapy. While working with the active duty and retired military population she was able to gain valuable experience in custom splinting, manual therapy and work-driven treatment planning.

In her free time, Emily enjoys cooking, reading and cycling.

Contact Us

Get the personalized care you deserve.

Please contact us directly with questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.


Phone number: (571) 454-6085
Fax number: (949) 695-2173


Monday : 8am-6pm
Tuesday: 8am-6pm
Wednesday: 8am-6pm
Thursday: 8am-6pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Empower Hand Therapy and Rehabilitation - Fairfax, Virginia