Occupational Therapy Proves Instrumental After Injury or Surgery


April has been designated as National Occupational Therapy Month by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  Help us recognize the occupational therapy practitioners at Highlands Medical Center, Highlands Health and Rehab, Cumberland Health and Rehab and Highlands Home Health.

Occupational therapy is a health care profession that provides services to people of any age whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by physical illness or injury, developmental problems, the aging process and mental or emotional illness. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist each individual in achieving an independent, productive, and satisfying life-style.

Occupational therapy helps injured workers return to the job, and also can teach healthy employees how to prevent injuries at work. Some common work-related conditions that can benefit from occupational therapy are hand and wrist problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.

Older persons have a variety of health problems that can be helped by occupational therapy. For example, arthritis, stroke and Parkinson’s disease can affect the ability to carry out many activities of daily living such as dressing and eating. Luckily, occupational therapy can teach new ways to provide ingenious equipment to help carry out these tasks. The goal is to make the older person as independent and as safe as possible. Occupational therapists are experts in home safety and fall prevention, helping older persons remain healthy and independent in their homes by advising on improvements such as grab bars and other assistive equipment. Caregiver training and education is provided for safe and effective methods of caring for persons with disabilities in the home.

Occupational therapist work in nursing homes, home health, outpatient, and inpatient services to provide rehabilitation to achieve maximal level of independence for long term care and short term rehabilitation to assist patients to regain independence to return to their home.

The hand is vital to human function and appearance. The loss of hand function through injury or disease may jeopardize a family’s livelihood and affect every daily activity. The occupational therapist through assessment, training in activities of daily living (ADL’S), fabrication of special equipment like splints, and working towards gaining functional restoration of the injured hand can help speed healing to help people to continue to function at home and work.

For more information on Occupational Therapy services or other rehab services we invite you to contact Highlands Therapy Center at 218-3760.

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