Occupational therapists are licensed clinicians who utilize therapeutic approaches to help clients of all ages improve their ability participate in activities at home, work or leisure. After receiving a physician's order, an evaluation is scheduled. On the first visit, the therapist will review the patient's medical history. Goals will be established based on an individual's needs. Additional visits, if needed, will be established along with a plan of care individualized for each patient. The expected length of time to reach goals will also be discussed.
Occupational Therapy (OT) can improve function by hands-on treatment, an appropriate exercise regimen, modalities and home program. These methods may include ADL retraining, coordination retraining, UE splints, desensitization, edema management, energy conservation, ergonomic or injury prevention training, fine motor and prehension activities, joint protection, manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, taping and application of modalities (moist hot/cold packs, ultrasound, paraffin, fluidotherapy, contrast baths or electrical simulation.