What is occupational therapy?

A work injury can put you out of commission for a long time when damage is significant. Among other types of treatments, people recovering from work injuries may also be recommended for occupational therapy. WebMD explains how this therapy can benefit patients and what to expect if a doctor has recommended you undergo this process. 

Occupational therapy covers many different areas. For people who can no longer work due to an injury, a therapist can help a person to adapt to any limitations that are currently present. A therapist can also help a person perform basic tasks, participate in activities, and any other processes that improve the quality of life for those experiencing significant disability. This treatment improves ability, but most importantly it offers a person independence since the patient will be able to better care for themselves after therapy is complete. 

Occupational therapy can be beneficial in treating many different problems and afflictions. Spinal cord and brain injuries can have a substantial impact on a person's ability. People experiencing the effects of severe burns also benefit from treatment from an occupational therapist. People with certain diseases or conditions, including arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and vision problems are also recommended for occupational therapy. 

When creating a treatment plan, the occupational therapist will receive input from other medical professionals tasked with providing care to a patient. This includes doctors who are familiar with a patient's scope of injuries, as well as physical therapists, who help patients build strength and restore mobility. Therapy can be focused on a specific area of the body, or it can work to build general skills. Treatment can also be provided within the home or in a clinical setting. 

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