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April is Occupational Therapy Month
April 26, 2017
During the month of April, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) celebrates Occupational Therapy Month and the more than 213,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students who work nationwide to create fuller lives for clients and their families.
Occupational therapy practitioners help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.
“Rehab therapy can positively improve and enhance how someone can function day-to-day. Our therapists and staff have the skills and experience for motivating, challenging and moving our patients in ways they never thought possible, while providing services with care and concern,”
These are just some of the interventions and services that occupational therapy practitioners can provide at Haywood Regional Medical Center:
- Helping children with mental challenges such as autism spectrum disorder and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy to participate fully in school, home and social situations. Pediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on:
- Fine motor skill, including hand use, printing, and hand-eye coordination
- Self-help skills such as feeding, dressing, and grooming
- Pre-school readiness and school skills, such as following directions, problem solving and socialization
- Improving sensory processing skills, such as organization, self-regulation and behavioral state
- Visual motor and perception processing skills, like handwriting and cutting with scissors
- Our hand therapists are occupational therapists who work closely with physicians and clients. Certified hand therapists have specialized training in treating upper extremity conditions through advanced study. Treatment often begins within days of the injury or surgery and continues until the client has returned to work and/or a productive lifestyle.
- Conditions treated include traumatic injuries, fractures, dislocations, sports injuries, tennis elbow and other types of tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other nerve entrapment disorders, amputations, repetitive motion syndromes, burns, arthritis, tendon and nerve injuries, Dupuytren's contracture, and complex regional pain syndrome
- Treatment may include wound care, range of motion and strengthening exercises, control of swelling, heat and cold therapy, neuromuscular re-education, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation, scar and soft tissue mobilization, desensitization and sensory re-education, customized orthosis fabrication, joint protection education, and therapeutic activities and exercises
- Offering clients who are recovering from a stroke or other neurological impairments, total joint replacements, spinal surgeries and other debilitating conditions ways to resume independence in bathing, dressing, cooking a meal, returning to work or other leisure and sports activities.
- Providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
- Evaluating older adults’ homes to promote safety and prevent falls.
Haywood Regional Medical Center Rehabilitation Department is proud to have a professional team of Occupational Therapists to provide these services.