Rehabilitation is at the core of occupational therapy and addresses the needs of persons with injuries, illnesses, or deficits in occupational performance due to other causes.
Overall, the goal of rehabilitation is to help our clients, regardless of condition or setting, return to participation in the activities that they need and want to do. To achieve this, clinical practice will increasingly reflect the application of current research, evidence, and critical reasoning to achieve better outcomes.
A major focus of occupational therapy is rehabilitation related to impairments of the upper extremity (i.e., shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand), and 85% of certified hand therapists are occupational therapy professionals (Dimick et al., 2009). But whether in a specialized hand clinic, general rehabilitation clinic, or acute care setting, the role of occupational therapy in upper extremity rehabilitation is to return the client to meaningful participation in his or her daily activities.
Occupational therapy practitioners promote success in the workplace by improving the fit between the person, the job tasks, and the environment. They work with employers and employees to adapt or modify the environment or task, facilitate successful return to work after illness or injury, and help prevent illness or injury to promote participation, health, productivity, and satisfaction in the workplace. They may work with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to help them prepare for work and transition into the workforce. Occupational therapy practitioners also provide services related to ergonomics, accessibility, the aging workforce, and workplace health and wellness issues.
Our team of occupational therapists treat a wide range of individual needs. From developmental issues in children, to condition more commonly found with aging populations, our providers are trained to help. From acute to chronic pain, you can trust our team knowing we always put our patients first. We treat a wide spectrum of conditions that include, but are not limited to:
The occupational therapy process begins with an evaluation to determine what the client wants and needs to do, and how these activities are being affected by arthritis. It includes a thorough analysis of the client’s performance abilities in order to establish an intervention plan. The evaluation may include assessment of joint range of motion, muscle strength, pain and sensation, and activity endurance. An occupational therapist evaluates a client’s need for orthotics/splints, adaptive equipment, and home and work environmental modifications. If a client undergoes surgery, appropriate postsurgical protocols are incorporated into the evaluation process and intervention planning.
Intervention strategies may include:
Occupational therapy interventions for those with dementia involve various approaches based on the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (2nd ed., AOTA, 2008). These approaches include:
Health Promotion. By focusing on maintained strengths of clients and promoting wellness of care providers, practitioners can enrich their lives by promoting maximal performance in preferred activities.
Remediation. Although the remediation of cognitive skills is not expected, restoration of physical skills (range of motion, strength, and endurance) may still take place even with the backdrop of dementia.
Maintenance. Practitioners can determine what is working well in the daily routine of the person with dementia, and provide supports to ensure that the person’s skills are maintained for as long as possible.
Modification. This is perhaps the most frequently used intervention for those with dementia, as it ensures safe and supportive environments through adaptation and compensation.
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