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What Does An Occupational Therapist Do?

Occupational therapists provide a variety of professional services aimed at improving function and independence by using procedures and treatments to assist patients with their development, disabilities or recovery issues. These include:

  • Work with patients who have upper extremity injuries or surgeries

  • Assist patients in returning to work after an injury

  • Create customized hand splints

  • Assist children with improving gross and fine motor skills

  • Assist patients with neurological diseases with regaining function and independence

  • Assist patients in decreasing pain with use of modalities

  • Educate and train patients and caregivers in home management of their specific condition.

  • Train patients to perform activities of daily living safely and with assistive devices if needed.


Who Can Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy can be beneficial for many different conditions and disorders. Some of the most common are:

  • Brain injury

  • Stroke

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Parkinson’s

  • Orthopedic conditions

  • Work related injuries

  • Pediatric developmental delays

  • Conditions related to congenital disorders such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism, Down Syndrome


What Methods of Therapy are Used?

The most common forms of interventions are:

  • Restoring strength and range of motion

  • Hand splinting

  • Modalities for pain management

  • Restoring sensory, motor, and balance functions

  • Improving fine motor and handwriting skills

  • Improving ADL’s (activities of daily living) such as cooking, bathing, grooming, dressing, and hobbies.

  • Cognitive retraining


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