When it comes to injury rehabilitation, we often hear more about physical therapists than occupational therapists, but occupational therapy is just as important! Occupational therapy is designed to help people overcome injury, disability, or illness and continue to lead normal and fulfilling lives. Occupational therapists work with patients from all age groups and conditions to find a treatment plan that works for them. At the initial occupational therapy visit your therapist will likely perform a basic evaluation to learn more about the areas you struggle with and what your goals are.
Occupational therapists often see children and adults with disabilities to help them learn ways to function at work or school to improve their day to day life. During the therapy sessions the therapist will teach the patient how to avoid injury or illness and how to perform “normal” activities in a way that works for each patient. People who have suffered injury or illness, such as a stroke, may work with an occupational therapist to learn how to perform simple tasks again such as getting dressed or taking a shower on their own. Older adults who begin suffering from physical or cognitive changes with age will learn how to maintain a good quality of life despite the changes with the help of an occupational therapist.
As the therapy plan progresses the occupational therapist will evaluate the goals the patient initially set to determine if they’re being met, or if new goals need to be set. Occupational therapists help people learn to make an environment in their life meet their needs, which means that the patient is very involved in creating their own treatment plan. This treatment helps to give patients a sense of independence and happiness they may have struggled to find before. Some patients may need long-term therapy plans, while others will be able to see big improvements in their life after just a short period of treatment.
Our rehabilitation center is equipped with highly trained and experienced occupational therapists to give our patients the best care possible in a way that makes the patient feel like their input truly matters. If you think you or a loved one may be able to benefit from the services of an occupational therapist give us a call today. We can schedule a consultation and begin designing a personalized treatment plan that will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life!