Occupational therapy helps restore your lost function, allowing you to become as self-sufficient as possible in the activities of daily life, such as feeding, dressing, handwriting, grooming, homemaking, work, and child care.
Occupational therapy includes:
- Performance skills assessments
- Customized treatment program
- Education of proper body mechanics
- Balance retraining
- Cognitive retraining
- Coordination training
- Energy conservation/work simplification activities
- Education about alternate ways to perform activities
- Coping and stress management skills
- Instruction on use of assistive devices
- Guidance to family members and caregivers,
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluation
Occupational therapy can be used to help a number of conditions:
- Joint injuries
- Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and post-stroke rehabilitation
- Pain of the muscles or joints
- Repetitive injuries such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome
When you come in for occupational therapy, you receive a thorough exam by one of our licensed occupational therapists. The exam includes a review of your medical condition, functional abilities, and prior level of function. The evaluation may also assess:
- Range of motion
- Safety awareness
After your evaluation, you will receive a treatment plan based on your assessment and personal goals. Your treatment may include:
- Participating in self-care and improving performance of everyday tasks such as bathing, cooking, self-feeding, dressing, driving, and using a computer.
- Compensating for vision and memory loss by adapting your surroundings for increased safety and functionality.
- Regaining manual dexterity by writing and manipulating small objects.
- Learning to use adaptive equipment to simplify your work, conserve your energy, and make everyday activities easier.
- Simulating the home and/or community environment to learn how to complete tasks safely and identify concerns.
To schedule an appointment with an occupational therapist, talk to your healthcare provider or call 712-336-8651.