Occupational therapy, also called OT, helps individuals who have special needs or disabilities due to illness, injury, or aging better perform “the activities of daily living,” that is, the activities a person is expected to do on a daily basis at home, work, or school. The goal of occupational therapy is to improve self-help, work, learning, or leisure skills that maximize independence and promote quality of life within the person’s environment.

How Do Occupational Therapists Help Patients?

Occupational therapists help people with orthopedic injuries or illnesses, such as hand, foot, or back injuries and arthritis, developmental disabilities, and neurological disabilities due to illness or injury.

Occupational therapists identify a person’s special needs and define their abilities through in-depth assessment of self-care skills, movement, problem solving, organizational skills, and social/interpersonal skills. Occupational therapists may also use a variety of standardized tests and instruments.

This evaluation process enables occupational therapists to determine underlying reasons for dysfunctions, such as orthopedic, neuromuscular, perceptual motor, or sensory processing deficits. Evaluations may include:

• Assessment of movement (range of motion), strength and fine motor coordination.
• Assessment of the individual’s ability to perform self-care, homemaking and/or work tasks.
• Structured observations of the individual’s performance within the work, school or home environment.
• Family/caregiver interviews.

Consultative occupational therapy involves the therapist evaluating the patient at work, school, or at home. Unlike direct treatment, in which the occupational therapist works one-on-one with the individual, the occupational therapist evaluates the patient’s abilities and environment and recommends modifications, assistive technology, and/or adaptive equipment that will increase the individual’s ability to function and achieve independence in the performance of daily activities, as well as improve interpersonal interaction. This type of intervention is very popular today for improving the quality of life by making homes, workplaces, and schools more accessible.

Why Choose ESSMC for Your Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation Needs?

Our occupational/ hand therapist carries the designation of Certified Hand Therapist, or CHT.  This certification requires advanced competency in the field of hand therapy, extensive experience (over 5000 hours) and direct practice in the field, and completion of a rigorous test of advanced clinical skills and theory. There are only 6000 CHT’s worldwide and ESSMC has one of the best.

Contact ESSMC Today for Occupational Therapy

If you’re looking for a hand therapist or an occupational therapist in the Pittsburgh area, contact us at the location nearest you. Call 412-856-8060 x 207.

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