Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that helps people achieve independence and satisfaction in their daily lives.
The basic premise of occupational therapy is the belief that purposeful activity, or occupation, promotes health and well-being. Occupational therapists serve individuals of all ages who are experiencing disability related to physical, developmental, social, or emotional impairments. Many occupational therapists specialize in the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, and are often involved as hand or upper extremity therapists.
What kinds of services does an occupational therapist provide?
Your therapist and orthopaedic physician will work together during your rehabilitation. A variety of occupational therapy services may be provided to meet your needs, such as:
- Evaluation of your ability to participate in activities of daily living
- Individualized treatment programs focused on increasing your independence in activities of daily living. Activities will address problems related to your orthopaedic condition, such as decreased strength, low endurance, and loss of sensation.
- Evaluation of home, work, and community settings and assistance in adapting these environments
- Fabrication of adaptive equipment and custom splints to support your goals for independence
- Training in the use of adaptive equipment necessary to restore loss of function
- Patient and caregiver education to prevent re-injury and promote wellness
- Assistance with coping and life management skills