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Doctor insights on: Passive Range Of Motion Exercises For Upper Extremity Occupational Therapy

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What are range of motion exercises in occupational therapy?

What are range of motion exercises in occupational therapy?

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

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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4 weeks of therapy for my right hip with no improvement of pain reduction or range of motion. Mri came back normal. What is could be the problem?

4 weeks of therapy for my right hip with no improvement of pain reduction or range of motion. Mri came back normal. What is could be the problem?

Hip pain: Hip pain may be referred pain from somewhere else such as the lower back or referred from the pelvis in which case the pt which is geared toward your hip joint would more than likely not help. If you have not yet sought the help of a specialist, that should be your next step. ...Read more

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Tkr 3 months ago and formed severe scar tissue. Range of motion 87° @ 8 weeks. Manipulation did not work. Now 100° @ 13 weeks with spa therapy. Should I have scar tissue removed now?

Tkr 3 months ago and formed severe scar tissue. Range of motion 87° @ 8 weeks. Manipulation did not work. Now 100° @ 13 weeks with spa therapy. Should I have scar tissue removed now?

Keep with it: 100 degrees is ok. It is more important to have full extension. Whatever you had pre-surgery for flexion is often what you have post surgery +10-15 degrees. So if you had 100 degrees of flexion prior to surgery don't expect more than 110 or so. Don't get more surgery if you don't have to. ...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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Can you please tell me about the active range of motion and passive range of motion tests for a torn acl?

Can you please tell me about the active range of motion and passive range of motion tests for a torn acl?

Exam for ACL-"ROM": Passive motion is movement caused by some outside force. Active motion is movement you generate yourself. These are not specific tests for an acl tear. The acl provides stability to a knee, so if there is a significant tear, there will be too much motion of one leg bone sliding over the other bone. This is "translation" of the femur on the tibia vs flexion (bending) or extension (straightening). ...Read more

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What is passive range of motion and what is the usefulness in the cervical spine?

Motion capacity: Passive motion refers to the range of motion the spine is capable of when induced by out side forces. Active motion is what it can do when your own muscles are activated.
Injury or spasm of muscles can reduce both active rom and passive rom. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?

Please help! What is the difference, if any, between occupational health and occupational therapy in relation to children?

Totally different: Occupational therapy is focused on helping people to be more functional in their lives mainly through how they use tools and their upper extremities. Occupational health has a focus on keeping people safe and healthy in the workplace. ...Read more

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Can occupational therapy intervention, willbarger protocol could still help my 14 yr old?

Can occupational therapy intervention, willbarger protocol could still help my 14 yr old?

Get reliable input: Ask several evidence-based physicians. You're desperate & afraid, and there are many "unproven" (at best!) treatments offered for kids with neurodevelopmental disease. Any treatment, no matter how silly / "based on our theory" will seem to work if it is labor-intensive. But if I were a 14 year old, I simply would not allow myself to be rubbed for long periods of time with a dish brush. ...Read more

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Which out of nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or diagnostic radiography should I apply for?

Which out of nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or diagnostic radiography should I apply for?

Career: No one can answer that question except you! Learn as much as you can about each field, talk to people who are in it, and figure out which one, if any, interests you and suits your lifestyle and goals. Good luck in whatever you choose. ...Read more

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Do you think there will be a return of occupational therapy to mental health? I really want to be a mental health OT.

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

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I'm a male and interested in Occupational therapy. Is it unacceptable or frowned upon for a make to be on OT since it's a female dominated profession?

I'm a male and interested in Occupational therapy. Is it unacceptable or frowned upon for a make to be on OT since it's a female dominated profession?

Occ Therapist: All medical, dental, engineering & their allied professions encompass LGBT & male'/female workers. However, OT & Nursing since 1971 have barely dented, still hovering near 90%, F : M ratio.
You'd be bucking the trend...go 4 it!! ...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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24 months psychology therapy, occupational therapy, meditation, SSRI, yoga, group therapy, benzos, Not working! Can't get rid of anxiety! What do?

24 months psychology therapy, occupational therapy, meditation, SSRI, yoga, group therapy, benzos, Not working! Can't get rid of anxiety! What do?

Psychiatrist: I would suggest that you need to be referred to a Psychiatrist. Standard Psychotherapy sound like the right direction now...simple "fixes" and particularly BENZOs are NOT THE ANSWER!
Get help now!

Good Luck

Dr Z ...Read more

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Do normal people recieve occupational therapy treatments?

See details: Referral from your doctor, assuming there is a good reason to get to ot in the first place. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me information on duration of occupational therapy?

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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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.

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

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How can occupational therapy help my disabled child?

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

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Is occupational therapy considered an acceptable public health major?

Is occupational therapy considered an acceptable public health major?

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

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Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers? "

Is it true that mental health occupational therapy is now obsolete and has been removed from the list of "mental health providers? "

Not true: Most of inpatient psychiatric unit as well as many partial hospital program has occupational therapist. Their role is significantly reduced in private practice area. ...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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Is occupational therapy assisting a growing or declining field? I heard OT is being swallowed up my physical therapy

Is occupational therapy assisting a growing or declining field? I heard OT is being swallowed up my physical therapy

Still in need: They are important because they help physicians with assessing disability for patient and workplace restrictions ...Read more

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Are there any other treatments for lissencephaly other than physical and occupational therapy I should know of for my 4 month old baby?

Are there any other treatments for lissencephaly other than physical and occupational therapy I should know of for my 4 month old baby?

No treatments: He will likely need speech therapy as he gets older. He needs a good pediatric neurologist and a geneticist. A Developmental Pediatrician may also be helpful. I would find a primary care pediatrician who has experience in caring for kids with chronic illness. I see the complex kids in my practice every 3 months. Keep up the good work! ...Read more

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Can occupational therapy help bipolar disorder and how?

Can occupational therapy help bipolar disorder and how?

No: Occupational therapists are trained in mangagement of upper extremity or arm problems. They also assist patients with functional transfers (bathroom) and activities of daily living. A behavioral therapist or psychologist would be more appropriate for a patient with bipolar disroder. ...Read more

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Debilitating hypochondriasis, tried psychotherapy, occupational therapy, meditation, anti depressants, yoga, benzodiazpanes, nothing works?! what do I do?

Debilitating hypochondriasis, tried psychotherapy, occupational therapy, meditation, anti depressants, yoga, benzodiazpanes, nothing works?! what do I do?

RECOMMEND: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is structured with lots of homework. The main thing which will determine if therapy will work is YOU. ...Read more

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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

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

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Can you tell me about occupational therapy and if so, what were your experiences with it?

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

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How can occupational therapy relate to healing the soul?

Occupational: Therapy can help someone feel better about themselves, accomplish more in life thereby enhancing self confidence & self esteem. Since it impacts on emotional well being, I guess you could call healing the soul, a bi-product of occupational therapy. ...Read more

Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more