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Occupational Therapy Is A Joke
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
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
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
See details: Referral from your doctor, assuming there is a good reason to get to ot in the first place. ...Read more
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
School: Ask the teacher. The public schools usually supply a program for handicapped kids. ...Read more
Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools). ...Read more
It depends: The duration of therapy depends on the type of injury and what other treatments have been done. For a new injury it is fairly typical to have 2-3 sessions per week for 3 weeks. ...Read more
I don't have a cryst: I don't have a crystal ball. The problem in these estimates is that a lot of healthcare has been messed up by the government, and has not been very good to doctors. There will be a lot more patients in the system depending on the Supreme Court decision. Unfortunately the president is not helpingThe whole law was an acted without physician input. Do I think there will be a need yes and if that's your desire I would go ahead and continue to pursue I ...Read more
It's PT for hands: OT is a sub-specialty of PT that concentrates on restoring function to the hands. Depending on the underlying condition OT can be crucial for restoring function and getting rid of pain and swelling associated with injury or post surgical repair. OT provides instruction and monitoring but patient has to do the hard work of sticking with the exercises to get the desired results. ...Read more
Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.
Mental health: I really doubt it - our healthcare is being destroyed right in front of our eyes. Mental health has been denied for many years and along with it the OT. ...Read more
Why is there such a decline in mental health occupational therapy? Do you think it will make a comeback because their services in MH are very useful.
Occupational Therapy: Is an important field. It can be difficult to get into a program of study for it. OTs and OT assistants work in lots of health care settings. I was not aware that they are being under-utilized in MH settings. Peace and good health. I'm sure OT can facilitate progress there. ...Read more
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
Depends: It really depends on the disability. The term occupational therapy is really inaccurate. In most cases it has nothing to do with an occupation. Ots are trained to help people with disabilities learn compensatory strategies to maximize their function. They also tend to focus on problems related to use of the upper extremities in particular. Ots work with kids all the time and are extremely helpful. ...Read more
Testing one's limits: This is a technical way of saying that the ot wants to see exactly how one performs a particular "activity"; whether it be holding a fork, manipulating an item, etc. ...Read more
Help upper extremiti: Can help your treatment for hands and upper extremity. Your rheumatologist can help guide you in this therapy. ...Read more
Lots of ways!: On ot can help you to do the adl's (activites of daily living) that you as a disabled person need to be able to do to be as independenta as you can. They will teach you how to care for your self, you personal grooming, cooking, cleaing, toileting, and the activites you do every day. They will show you easier ways, better ways, short cuts and provide you with assistive devices to help you. ...Read more
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
Hopeful improvement: Hi...Occupational therapy (along with other rebailitative services) can be very helpful to children with a broad spectrum of developmental disabilities. Your child (and I do not know the exact nature of the disability) can expect to gain better functioning and adaptation to the world around; and, as a result, be able to be more interactive with the various things in that world. ...Read more
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
Not necessarily: While it certainly is possible to focus on an element of occupational therapy that affects populations, most often it is very targeted to individual needs. So, while it is quite possible to combine the two areas of interest in specific ways, i'd say it isn't an automatic association. ...Read more
Occupational Therapy: Ot for mental health provides goal-directed activities to help patients develop the skills and obtain the supports needed for independent, interdependent, productive living. This includes improving social skills, stress hardiness, self-awareness, role development (such as parenting), and education about healthy lifestyle, etc. Http://aota. Org/practitioners/practiceareas/mentalhealth. Aspx. ...Read more
Please help! What is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?
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