Occupational Therapy Month

Apr
12
2013

Each April, the Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., celebrates Occupational Therapy Month. During this occasion, the importance of occupational therapists and the work they do is showcased. Occupational therapists help people, ranging from the babies and young children to the elderly, participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

The name “occupational therapy” is often confused with work-related activities, but these treatments are targeted to teach people how to accomplish the things they need to do throughout their day, whether on the job or at home. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities fully participate in school and social situations, assisting people with regaining skills after an injury, and providing support methods for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

In order to accurately assess a patient’s need, occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of a patient’s home and other environments (workplace, school, etc.), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners often use a holistic approach, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the patient, with the patient being an integral part of the therapy team.

There are a variety of reasons why an individual may visit an occupational therapist:

  • Mental and physical impairments a person has had since birth
  • Recovery and return to work after a work-related injury
  • Sudden serious health conditions, such as stroke, heart attack, brain injury or amputation
  • Chronic conditions, such as arthritis or multiple sclerosis
  • Mental or behavioral issues such as Alzheimer’s disease, post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and eating disorders

The orthopedic specialists at Methodist Hospital for Surgery are dedicated to helping patients regain movement and functionality of their limbs and extremities through appropriate surgeries and therapies. Whether you are suffering from a sports injury, degenerative arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition, the orthopedic specialists at Methodist Hospital for Surgery provide a full complement of services to meet your needs, combining the best in inpatient treatment, outpatient care and rehabilitation.

To learn more about the orthopedic services offered at Methodist Hospital for Surgery, please call (469) 248-3900.


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