Occupational Therapy

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Occupational Therapists perform neurological and musculoskeletal-based evaluations to determine baseline functional and cognitive status. The therapist then designs a course of treatment with specific interventions and attainable goals to improve function and independence in daily activities. In order to help reach these goals, your Occupational Therapist may utilize many different treatment approaches.

Some examples of therapeutic activities included in an Occupational Therapy rehabilitation program are:

• Exercises and orthotic fabrication to manage spasticity and pain or increase ROM
• Retraining in activities of daily living (ADLs) such as grooming, bathing, feeding, handwriting, meal preparation and basic housekeeping
• Activities to improve cognitive function, specifically problems such as perceptual deficits, loss of memory, decreased attention span, lack of concentration or altered judgment
• Measures to assure safety
• Pain management
• Recommendations for assistive devices that promote independence

Some common outpatient diagnoses an Occupational Therapist may treat include:

• Stroke
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Upper extremity orthopedic conditions
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Arthritis
• Guillain-Barre Syndrome
• Huntington’s Chorea