Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Occupational Therapy

Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Occupational Therapy

by Cole Rehabilitation

April is Occupational Therapy month, so this month we have pulled together a list of little known facts about OT. Occupational Therapists are an integral part of the Cole Health Mission and are active in all three of our divisions. We want to offer a big thank you to all of our occupational therapists, who play such an important role in our team.

1. Occupational therapists can work in a variety of setting such as hospitals, school systems, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and private practice.

2. In addition to working in a variety of setting there are different specialty areas of occupational therapy: hand therapy, pediatrics, acute care, post-operative care, lymphedema management, and neurological rehab and ergonomics.

3. Occupational therapists hold advanced degrees.  To become an occupational therapist, you have to obtain a Master’s degree and pass a national board exam in order to become licensed to treat patients.

4. Eighty-five percent of all certified hand therapists are licensed occupational therapists and have obtained specialized training to treat upper extremity injuries.

5. Occupational therapists are trained to design, select, fabricate and train on orthotics (splints) for patients with hand and upper extremity injuries.

6. Occupational therapy is a rehabilitation science that promotes health by enabling people to perform meaningful and purposeful activities and work with individuals who suffer from mentally, physically, developmentally or emotionally disabling conditions by utilizing treatments that develop, recover or maintain client’s activities of daily living.

7. Occupational therapists’ goals are always functional and enable you to”live life to the fullest”.

8. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

9. Occupational therapists can treat patients with repetitive injuries such as tennis elbow and carpal tunnel by providing patients with education to improve their knowledge for prevention and joint/muscle protection, manual therapy, and modalities to assist with pain management.

10. Occupational therapists are an integral part of the therapy team at Cole Health.

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