Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are registered and certified healthcare professionals who apply principles from the biological and behavioral sciences in the evaluation and treatment of individuals limited by physical or psycho-social injury or illness.

Occupational therapists utilize everyday life activities, like bathing or dressing or cooking to help those with disabilities lead independent, productive and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists also address issues related to restoring gross and fine motor function and coordination, primarily of the upper extremity. When such impairment hinders one’s ability to fulfill his or her occupation, or life's role, an occupational therapist may intervene with the use of specific treatment modalities including:

  • Activities of daily living retraining
  • Endurance training
  • Gross and fine motor coordination activities of the upper extremity
  • Range of motion exercises of the upper extremity
  • Strengthening exercises of the upper extremity
  • Visual perception training
  • Wound and scar management of the upper extremity

When such impairment hinders one’s ability to fulfill his or her occupation, or life's role, an occupational therapist may intervene with the use of specific treatment modalities including:

  • Activities of daily living retraining
  • Endurance training
  • Gross and fine motor coordination activities of the upper extremity
  • Range of motion exercises of the upper extremity
  • Strengthening exercises of the upper extremity
  • Visual perception training
  • Wound and scar management of the upper extremity

Occupational therapists commonly treat the following conditions:

  • Neurological (strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries)
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Degenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS)
  • Visual/perceptual/cognitive deficits
  • Training in performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment

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