Occupational therapy provides comprehensive evaluation, education and direct treatment of patients with physical, cognitive, visual or psychosocial impairments which affect daily living.
Occupational therapists (OTs) have unique training in analyzing daily and work-related activities. Following an injury or medical condition, OTs can help you restore function and return to meaningful life activities. Occupational therapy will work on physical, cognitive and visual skills necessary to complete your daily tasks.
Due to injury, illness or aging, individuals may find that daily activities such as eating, dressing, bathing, and home care tasks are more challenging. OTs are able to assess your ability to complete your daily activities and can help you master the task, or complete it in a new way.
Occupational therapists address the physical limitations you may have due to illness, injury or aging. OTs will assess deficit areas in physical limitations which may include, but aren’t limited to, strength, coordination and sensation. They’ll develop a plan to help improve your ability.
When illness or injury causes changes in strength, range of motion and coordination of your arms and hands, Occupational therapy can help you regain this function through individualized exercise, activity and home program instruction.
If you are experiencing memory changes or have been diagnosed with stroke or dementia, you can be seen for cognitive evaluation, safety evaluation or training in compensatory strategies.
Hand therapists specialize in treating the arm and hand for pain, weakness, loss of function or traumatic or repetitive injury. With the goal of restoring function, treatment may include mobilization, education, strengthening, re-training, adaptive equipment or custom splinting.
Driving and community mobility
If you have concerns about driving safely or returning to driving, an occupational therapist can help to assess your specific needs in order to drive safely. Occupational therapists also can help assess needs for wheelchair and community mobility.
Whether you need work conditioning or return-to-work training, functional capacity evaluations, pre-work screens, ergonomic assessments and training, we can assist you in returning to work following an injury or change in status.
Common reasons for occupational therapy:
- Shoulder Injuries
- Elbow, wrist, and hand injuries and diagnoses
- Spinal cord injuries
- Fractures and sprains of the upper extremity
- Tendon repairs
- Work Conditioning
- Office ergonomics
- Pediatric Therapy