What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is the science of helping people to regain function after accident, illness or other condition causing debility. Occupational therapists use strengthening exercises to improve mobility, particularly of the upper extremities.
Occupational therapy is also used to improve cognition. In this case, therapists use exercises that improve cognitive skills such as matching objects, grouping objects and completing puzzles. People with occulo-motor deficits also have occupational therapy in the form of activities that improve eye-hand coordination.
Bacharach occupational therapists have access to a wide range of neurorecovery robots in our Klinghoffer Center. Many of the robots are designed to improve strength and mobility for the upper extremities or to improve cognition and hand-eye coordination. Having the robots available sets us apart from other occupational therapy providers. The robots have been found to improve outcomes when offered in conjunction with tradtional therapy, and the benefits have been shown to persist over time.
Inpatient Occupational Therapy
All inpatients at Bacharach receive occupational therapy. Inpatients at Bacharach’s acute rehabilitation hospital participate in one hour of occupational therapy each weekday. Bacharach’s Renaissance Pavilion subacute rehab facility also provides occupational therapy to its patients daily as needed.
Outpatient Occupational Therapy
Outpatient occupational therapy is a visit of about an hour to Bacharach’s main campus or to a satellite location with an occupational therapist.
Occupational therapy is designed to help people recover the skills needed to safely perform the activities of daily living.
Occupational Therapy at Bacharach
Bacharach’s occupational therapy team specializes in restoring function for everyday tasks: dressing, eating, working, driving and more. After accident or illness, or due to debility, the activities of daily living may become overwhelming. Through strengthening, exercise, practice and training, people learn to perform the activities of daily living safely and regain their independence.
Occupational therapists address home modifications, equipment solutions, assistive devices and other approaches to ensure safety and independence in the home.
Occupational therapy can help regain or improve function after stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological injury or concussion.
In the case of brain injury, stroke, concussion and similar disorders, occupational therapy may include cognitive therapy to help with memory issues, word-finding and expression.
Occupational therapy can also help build strength and function for conditions such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, frozen shoulder, hand injuries, fractures and other conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Occupational therapists use manual therapies, kinesiotaping, stretching and splinting, parafin, modalties and a host of other approaches to improve function, mobility and safety.
Bacharach has many services available through its outpatient occupational therapy department.
Occupational Therapy Rehabilitation Services
Bacharach offers specialized services and treatments for occupational therapy patients:
Interventions to address deficits in attention, organization, problem solving and memory.
Post Concussion Management
The side effects of concussion include dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating and headache. When they do not resolve on their own, occupational therapy can remediate the symptoms.
Hand therapy is specialized therapy for the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
The driver training program measures driver skills in a safe indoor setting. If the potential driver successfully completes the first desktop phase, the next step is training behind the wheel. This program can also recommend adaptive equipment for drivers with physical challenges.
Neuro-Optometry addresses changes in vision caused by neurological conditions. Double vision, field loss, balance and perceptual problems may be improved with exercises or devices suggested in the neuro-optimetry clinic.
Occupational therapists use adaptive techniques and equipment to teach patients to dress themselves safely and independently.
Therapeutic recreation helps people return to the activites they loved before accident or illness.
Graded Motor Imaging
Graded motor imaging uses a mirror to trick the brain into promoting neuroregeneration on the affected side of the body. It can be used by amputees to overcome phantom limb pain and by stroke patients to regain sensation in an affected limb.
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