There are many reasons that any one of us may suddenly find it physically difficult to navigate through our routines. Whether we find ourselves recovering from an accident or working to address a disabling condition, our motor skills, emotions and/or behavior can all be impacted by unexpected events, injuries, or illnesses. Should this situation affect you or a family member, help can be found in the form of occupational therapy - a line of care that teaches individuals how to perform day-to-day tasks and maximize their independence, whether they’re recovering from injuries or have developmental or cognitive disabilities.

If this service sounds like a good fit for you or a loved one, we are here to help. East Suburban Sports Medicine Center (ESSMC) has more than 35 years of experience providing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and related rehabilitation services to help people with injuries and illnesses get on the road to recovery. Our staff of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and certified athletic trainers strive daily to provide care when and where it’s most convenient for you.

If you are searching for occupational therapy in the Pittsburgh area, our staff of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and certified athletic trainers can help. Contact us to visit our team at ESSMC Monroeville or ESSMC Murrysville. To receive your evaluation and begin discussing your care needs, please call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.


 

FAQs on Occupational Therapy:

 

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy, also called OT, helps individuals who have special needs or disabilities due to illness, injury, or aging. Through OT, these individuals can start to 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 an individual’s environment.

 

How Do Occupational Therapists Help Patients?

Occupational therapists help people with orthopedic injuries or illnesses, including but not limited to hand, foot, or back injuries and arthritis, developmental disabilities, and neurological disabilities due to illness or injury. As part of treatment, occupational therapists identify a person’s special needs and define their abilities through an 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. 

 

What Do I Need To Know About Consultative Occupational Therapy?

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 a person’s quality of life by making homes, workplaces, and schools more accessible.

 

Why Choose ESSMC for Your Occupational Therapy & Rehabilitation Needs?

ESSMC was established in 1984 to meet the need for high-quality outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapy care in the eastern suburbs. In the years since we have consistently upheld a high standard for quality care that addresses a range of rehabilitative and occupational therapy needs. 

Additionally, our occupational and hand therapist carries the designation of Certified Hand Therapist (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.

 

Want to feel better, play better, and live better with ESSMC?call us at (412) 856-8060 or submit an online appointment request form.


 

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