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Doctor insights on: Occupational Therapy Goals For Stroke Patients

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. Read more

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Dr. Isaak Halegoua
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Occupational Therapy (Definition)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a ...Read more


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How to use occupational therapy used to rehabilitate a stroke victim?

How to use occupational therapy used to rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT: Ot is used to help people learn compensatories strategies for performing their activities of daily living including bathing, grooming, dressing, getting in and out of the bathroom, showering etc, they also focus on trying to strengthen the upper extremities deal with issues of pain and paralysis of the upper extremities. They are very helpful. It has nothing to do with an "occupation". Read more

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Why don't stroke patients get tpa (alteplase) therapy?

Why don't stroke patients get tpa (alteplase) therapy?

They can: If having a stroke one can receive intravenous tpa (alteplase) up to 3 hours once symptoms begin and up to 4.5 hours in certain cases. After this intra. Read more

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What kind of a person receive occupational therapy?

Who for occupational: Any one who has temporary nerological or long term muscloskeletal/neurological injury/disease which may or may not be reversible. Read more

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Occupational therapy: what kinds of activities are being helped?

Occupational therapy: what kinds of activities are being helped?

Upper Extremity: An occupational therapist works on disorders of the upper extremity only. You can think of them as a physical therapist that focuses only on the upper extremities, whereas a physical therapist can treat the entire body. Read more

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Need physical therapy tips for post stroke patient?

Need physical therapy tips for post stroke patient?

Surely: Use of physical therapy, and occupational therapy highly beneficial for post-stroke rehabilitation, and should be continued as outpt, at least twice weekly for about 3-4 months ideally. Orthotic devices to enhance function may be needed, so enquire about these. Botox may help limb spasticity. Pool assisted exercise might be an approach if patient very weakened. Read more

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Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Different therapy: The ot deals with activities of life and ways of enhancing quality of life and may get involved in rehab and hand therapy, but usually does not engage in acupuncture which would require its own specialty training program. However, nothing really prevents an occupational therapist to get trained in acupuncture. Read more

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What are arom and prom exercises in occupational therapy?

What are arom and prom exercises in occupational therapy?

AROM: Arom is an acronym standing for "active range of motion." that is for the individual who actively moves his extremity joint through a range of motion without any assistive help; prom is an acronym for "passive range of motion" is under the power and assistance of the therapist or examiner testing range of motion. Read more

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What therapy is used in patients with acute ischemic stroke?

What therapy is used in patients with acute ischemic stroke?

Time critical: Within 3 hours of symptoms (up to 4.4 hours in some cases) intravenous tpa (alteplase). After that up to 6 hours, intraarterial tpa (alteplase) through a catheter in the artery to the brain. Up to 8 hours can use special devices to pull clot out of vessel to brain. These procedures usually done at stroke centers. Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Yes: It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth. Read more

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How much physical therapy is required for patients with stroke?

How much physical therapy is required for patients with stroke?

Depends: As with most things, the length of the therapy depends on the type, extent and severity of the initial injury. Read more

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What types of physical therapy might be used for a stroke patient?

What types of physical therapy might be used for a stroke patient?

To be determinated: It depends the class of stroke, the territories affected and the lesions observed. Read more

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Do you think there be a revival of Occupational therapy in mental health? Nowadays it seems like they function more like PT's in the clinic.

Do you think there be a revival of Occupational therapy in mental health? Nowadays it seems like they function more like PT's in the clinic.

Occupational: Therapy is a growing field today. Getting into a college program for it as an OT or OT Assistant is competitive. PTs have their place also but both professions are good. Peace and good health. Read more

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Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

May not help much: Occupational therapy can help people with fine motor control problems such as the ability to write, type, or otherwise use the hands, wrists, arms. If a child's brain is different, causing him difficulty in dealing with ideas, words, phrases, sentences, etc..., then it is not a motor skill problem, and may not benefit much from o.T. It may be worth a brief try, to see if there is improvement. Read more

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Can you please define occupational therapy?

Can you please define occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy: Occupational therapy is a holistic healthcare profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the life span. Read more

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Is occupational therapy a growing or declining field?

Is occupational therapy a growing or declining field?

OT not declining: Occupational Therapy is not a declining field. This field remains important for those recovering from various acute conditions and those experiencing set backs from chronic conditions.
Issues with the field of rehabilitation medicine involves insurance cuts. These reimbursement cuts have discouraged some from going into rehabilitation medicine. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: occupational therapy?

Skills for job/life: Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a type of occupational therapy. Read more

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What is therapy for stroke patients called?

What is therapy for stroke patients called?

Stroke: Stroke rehabilitation program - can involve - physical, manipulative, speech etc.. Read more

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Is HBOT therapy advised for stroke patients?

Hyper-baric oxygen: We use for ischemic limbs to prevent amputation, and find some utility in bad infections. Some research has been done in stroke, and occasional acute cases have responded, but oxygen treatment for stroke remains controversial and so far, not in main stream. Read more