Why are we unique?
Occupational Therapists at Woman's Hospital treat not only orthopedic injuries such as carpal tunnel, shoulder, and hand injuries, but they are trained and certified in lymphedema management, and specialize in cancer rehabilitation.
Occupational Therapists frequently treat the following conditions:
- Arm weakness/range of motion limitations after breast surgery or reconstruction
- Cancer related fatigue and weakness
The term "occupation" is often misunderstood when it comes to occupational therapy. Although Occupational Therapists in some ways can work with you to help you return to your "occupation" by modifying your worksite to prevent further injury or making it more accessible for you, their main role is not about finding you a job!
The word occupation refers to the activities that you do on a daily basis - whether that is the routine of bathing, dressing, getting in and out of the car, or going to work and performing your duties.
The role of occupational therapy is to work on the skills that affect your ability to be successful at these activities. Injury, pain, and loss of motion may prevent you from functioning as you normally would.
Therapists address the physical and cognitive reasons for your dysfunction through your participation in therapeutic exercises, and by using manual techniques, modalities, and educational instruction that relates to the issues you are having.
Occupational Therapists have obtained either a Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate degree from an accredited university. They must pass a national certification examination and maintain this certification to use the initials OTR (Occupational Therapist Registered) after their name.
Therapists must be licensed in the state that they work and they maintain this licensure by obtaining continuing education credits on a yearly basis.
During your evaluation, your therapist will review the following with you:
- Your past medical history, pertinent lab results, and current physical complaints
- Your range of motion and muscle strength
- Your functional abilities at home and at work
- Your level of pain
- Your need for additional services or equipment that will help you to improve your level of function
- Your level of understanding of your condition
Once you have been evaluated, your therapist will work with you to establish an individualized treatment plan and determine appropriate goals for your treatment.
You will be scheduled for additional treatment sessions, if needed, and will be educated on any precautions or limitations that you should be aware of due to your condition.