Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Q & A

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy helps people find the best ways to lead as normal and active a life as possible despite problems like chronic pain and disability.

Your therapist teaches you how to use adaptations, physical aids, and better approaches to performing activities you find challenging, making occupational therapy key to improving your quality of life.

Undergoing a course of occupational therapy alongside your physical therapy at Town Center Orthopaedics gives you far greater independence and boosts your self-esteem.

What conditions does occupational therapy help treat?

Occupational therapy is useful for anyone who has a musculoskeletal or neurological disorder that affects their ability to move or causes a lack of strength or dexterity. Examples of conditions where occupational therapy can be most beneficial include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Ligament and tendon injuries

The occupational therapy team at Town Center Orthopaedics specializes in treating the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

What does occupational therapy include?

Your highly skilled occupational therapist at Town Center Orthopaedics prepares an individual treatment plan for you following an assessment of your condition. The contents of your treatment plan could vary a great deal, depending on how your condition is affecting you.

For example, if you find it difficult to sit for long, your occupational therapist can help you adjust your position, and use supports to make it more comfortable. They can show you how to go up and down stairs, get in and out of bed, and get dressed by using techniques that minimize the strain on problem areas of your body.

Chronic pain can make you change your posture and the way you move as your body tries to protect itself. At best, these changes are unhelpful; at worst, they make your pain even more unmanageable. Learning how to move and walk normally again can make a significant difference to your well-being.

If you have problems with balance, you might benefit from exercises that safely test and improve your stability. Your occupational therapist can also advise you on using physical aids and supports that make it easier to manage daily activities and get back to work.

These are just a few examples of the numerous ways in which occupational therapy can improve your life. To find out more, call Town Center Orthopaedics today or book an appointment online.

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