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Living Well

April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

Last updated: Apr 03, 2017

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a nearly 100-year-old evidence-based profession deeply rooted in science.

Occupational therapy practitioners use a holistic perspective, focusing on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Their practice areas include Children and Youth; Mental Health; Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation; Healthy Living; Aging; and Work and Industry.

Some of the many interventions and services that occupational therapy practitioners can provide:

  • Helping children with mental challenges such as autism spectrum disorder and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy to participate fully in school and social situations.
  • Keeping older drivers safe and independent in their vehicles by providing in-car assessments, recommendations for adaptive equipment, and appropriate self-restrictions.
  • Offering clients who are recovering from a stroke ways to resume independence in bathing, dressing, and cooking a meal.
  • Helping people recovering from injury to regain skills necessary to return to work.
  • Providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Evaluating older adults’ homes to promote safety and prevent falls.
  • Helping wounded warriors overcome physical injuries such as limb loss, and mental challenges such as TBI and PTSD, and reintegrate into the community.

Here at Summit Medical Group, our Occupational Therapists specialize in the treatment of upper body injuries and disabilities, and acute and chronic illnesses.  The many diagnoses we treat include:

  • carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, DeQuervains tenosynovitis,  lateral and medial epicondylitis (tennis elbow and golfers elbow) and other repetitive injuries
  • fractures
  • tendon and nerve injuries
  • dislocations
  • joint replacements
  • rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other autoimmune disorders
  • ergonomic assessments, joint protection and energy conservation
  • programs to help prepare for return to work after an injury
  • wound care
  • orthotics/splints, both custom fabricated and prefabricated, to address a multitude of diagnoses

Our friendly and caring therapists will partner with physicians, including pediatricians, chiropractors, orthopedists, and physiatrists to establish a personalized program that addresses your needs.