Occupational Therapy Improves Daily Living

Occupational therapy helps patients resume or improve the way they accomplish day-to-day tasks that help you work, learn and live independently. When your everyday activities are disrupted by illness or injury, occupational therapists help to restore or improve the motor skills and functions you need to support your lifestyle.

Occupational therapy is primarily focused on the hand, wrist and elbow – known as the upper extremities – the three joints that are integral to the ability to perform daily tasks like eating, dressing, writing or typing, driving etc. But the approach also extends to support each patient as a whole, and occupational therapists gain a deep understanding of your specific needs to support functions in all aspects of your life.

While there are overlapping areas of treatment, occupational therapy is different than physical therapy. Physical therapy often focuses more on the trunk and lower extremities and on facilitating recovery with an emphasis on enhancing overall movement, range of motion and strength related to gross motor skills.

Occupational therapy interventions meet each patient where they are and often include exercises for therapy and conditioning. In addition to re-training of sensory skills, pain management, training to protect joints and reduce reinjury, as well as fitting of orthotics.

OCC’s Occupational Therapy Team

The occupational therapy team at OCC works closely with patients to help each person regain the range of motion and fine motor skills needed to do daily tasks and overcome a variety of injuries and limitations, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Tendon tears and surgical tendon repairs
  • Limitations caused by arthritis and rheumatic diseases
  • Nerve injuries
  • Impaired function caused by injury or illness

Hand Therapists

OCC also has several Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) who specialize in treating individuals with certain hand, wrist forearm, elbow and shoulder conditions such as:

  • Management of open or sutured wounds
  • Control of hypertrophic or hypersensitive scars
  • Reduction of swelling
  • Management of pain
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury
  • Splint fabrication for prevention or corrections of injury
  • Conditioning prior to return to work

Restoring or improving the ability to complete daily activities can be life changing for many patients. OCC’s occupational therapists are dedicated to your success. They work closely with you and your orthopedic specialist to understand your challenges and goals. Then provide the most comprehensive treatment plan possible to meet your needs.

If your doctor recommends occupational therapy, look to OCC therapists to support your treatment needs. View the list of our convenient locations across the front range and make an appointment today.

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