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Occupational Therapy Shoulder Rotator Cuff Exercises
Graded program: Pt for rotator cuff problems usually start out with assisted exercises to decrease pain while gradually increasing the exercises to improve painless range of motion. Once painless range of motion has been achieved specific exercises to strengthen the rotatorcuff muscles are started and then finally sports specific exercises depending on what type of sport the person would like to go back to. ...Read more
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
A military pa told me, after 3 yrs complaining about pain, that I have a tear in my rotator cuff with fluid in my shoulder. Why would she refer me to physical therapy and not orthopedics?
Orthopedic referral: If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear then I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon who can better determine if you should have therapy versus a rotator cuff tear. If you have a tear and need surgery then delaying that surgery could worsen your final outcome. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
I've been going to physical therapy for my rotator cuff for about 4 weeks. I've noticed some increase in my range of motion but still get bad shoulder pain. What should I do?
I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?
Can't answer w/o inf: The space here is limited to provide a good answer to your question. You should speak to an Orthopedic Surgeon or sports medicine doctor (rehab?) to answer this question. Generally, rest, ice, & compression is used to help support healing. Anti-inflammatories like Tylenol (acetaminophen) could be used also. Later on, rehab is used when healing has started but timing is up to the surgeon. ...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
OT: Range of motion exercises are usually restricted to the upper extremity joints including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. They typically involve isotonic exercises with theraband of varying resistances and through a range of active range of motion. ...Read more
I'm having pain medial to my shoulder blade. Not onset by exercise and no pain when performing rotator cuff motion. What's hurt? How can I stretch it?
Varies: There are a number of potential causes of pain in that area and treatment varies based upon the cause. Among the more common causes are a strain to the rhomboid muscles that insert on the medial border of the scapula, the development of a subscapular bursitis, or the development of a thoracic radiculopathy among other possibilities. An exam would likely lead to the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
What are some exercises or things that can be done after rotator cuff surgery if you fell like the shoulder is freezing?
Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder.??
Get examined!: At age 55 your most common cause for this pain would still be 'impingement' (or bursitis). Labral tears causing this pain are less likely unless associated with the biceps 'anchor' (SLAP) lesions -- but less likely in isolation in your age group.Osteoarthritis can cause pain in this distribution. AC joint arthritis can also cause pain when rotating arm towards chest (adduction). See an ORS! GL! ...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'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
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
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
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
PT or OT: Both are equally demanding.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Typically not: Talk therapy is something provided by a mental health counselor. ...Read more
See details: Referral from your doctor, assuming there is a good reason to get to ot in the first place. ...Read more
School: Ask the teacher. The public schools usually supply a program for handicapped kids. ...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
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