What is an Occupational Therapist?
An occupational therapist is a healthcare professional who is dedicated to assisting patients with physical, mental, and social difficulties by aiding them to reach their maximum occupational performance potential. Occupational therapists help individuals of all ages who are having difficulty performing daily tasks due to a physical, mental, developmental, or emotional disorder. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to help people gain independence in activities of daily living. Our OTs seek to enable patients to obtain and maintain meaningful activities and employment. Occupational therapists may provide direct services to individuals or collaborate with family members and other professionals. They create treatment plans and seek appropriate interventions to improve an individual's ability to thrive in their daily lives!
The diagnoses that OTs treat include (but not limited to):
Neurological and Neurodegenerative
This would include conditions like Stroke, Head Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s.
Typically, occupational therapists specialize in recovery from surgeries involving hands, fingers, wrists, elbows and shoulders.
Painful arthritic conditions & Orthopedic conditions
Examples include rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and recovery from fractures.
These include day-to-day tasks like self-care, bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting as well as home, school, and leisure activities
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