Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Services typically include:
- Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers
Occupational Therapy at BMH:
Most referrals to OT in the outpatient setting involve management of upper extremity conditions, mainly orthopedic or neurological in nature. Examples of conditions are fractures, sprains, arthritis, surgeries, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve palsies, strokes, etc…
Many simple orthopedic conditions can be seen in OT prior to an orthopedic consultation. It can be very useful to initiate therapy quickly after an injury, especially if there is going to be a long delay before the orthopedic appointment can be scheduled.
Patients are strongly advised to get a referral for OT services from their primary care physician or the specialist currently caring for their condition.
Patients may be referred to OT for an ergonomic assessment of their workplace if it is thought that this is causing or contributing to a condition such as upper extremity pain or nerve injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome or thoracic outlet syndrome.