What can an occupational therapist do for you?
Occupational therapists assist people in developing life skills that allow them to lead productive and satisfying lives through customized treatment designed to improve one’s ability to perform normal daily activities. Therapists work with other health care professionals to create a care plan based on the physical, psychosocial, communal, and environmental factors that influence each individual’s ability to function.
Therapists help patients overcome disability, adapt material or equipment for ease of use, or recommend changes to an individual’s daily environment. Many also work to help prevent patient injury.
Who can benefit from occupational therapy?
- Individuals recovering from a surgery such as a total joint replacement, carpal tunnel release, fracture repairs, or tendon repairs
- Individuals with work-related injuries such as elbow, wrist, or hand pain as well as repetitive use injuries
- Individuals who require education or environmental modifications after an injury or illness
- Individuals who have experienced cerebral vascular accidents (strokes), traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or any other neurological disease that affects motor control or decreases independence
- Individuals recovering from amputations
- Individuals with impairments related to multiple sclerosis, arthritis, Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy, or other diseases or disorders
- Individuals who function as caregivers for loved ones with debilitating diseases
- Individualized therapy sessions and continual modifications to the treatment program
- Team-oriented environment with constant interdepartmental communication
- Evidence-based practices with an emphasis on manual therapy and therapeutic exercise
- Continuation of individualized home exercise program (facilitated with a 30-day pass to the Ambassador Wellness Center upon discharge)