At NEO Orthopedics and Rehab, we love the care that our Occupational Therapist provides. You might be wondering, what is Occupational Therapy? And what does an Occupational Therapist do? As we celebrate Occupations Therapist Appreciation Month in April, our very own OT Brant Radcliffe wrote an overview.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that focuses on helping you do all the things that you want and need to do in your daily life. These activities might include things like work, school, hobbies, social situations, or household tasks. Occupational Therapists aim to promote your health and improve your quality of life.
Who do Occupational Therapists work with?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapists identify health goals with you and your family. We work together to design a custom plan that will help you perform everyday activities. Then we monitor your progress to see whether you are meeting your goals. As we work through the plan, we make changes to help you achieve your goals or maybe even set new ones!
Occupational therapists can also help you if you’re having difficulty working, participating in school, or taking part in social situations, hobbies, or sports. Whether a loved one is experiencing changes in how they think, is having a hard time remembering things, or has a disability, an Occupational therapist could help them fully participate and take steps towards reaching their goals.
Here at NEO Orthopedics, we offer Outpatient Occupational Therapy to provide patient-specific activities and exercises that improve difficulties after an injury. Whether you’re recovering from a stroke, a fractured wrist or fingers, or would like to see improved functional mobility and balance, we would love to help. To work with an Occupational therapist, you do need to have a physician’s recommendation, a prescription, and insurance authorization.