What is your occupation? Are you a mother, a father, a teacher, a student, an athlete, a gardener, a musician, or a weekend warrior? Each of us works in a number of roles every day, and each of these is an occupation. Occupational therapy works with patients to help them get back to doing what they need in order to function in their preferred occupation. Bay Area Medical Center's occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants work closely with you to focus on the functional aspects of rehabilitation. Our highly skilled staff will assess self-care, functional mobility, higher living skill deficits, home safety and adaptive equipment needs to improve and promote independence in all facets of your life.
How can occupational therapy help you?
Occupational therapy is an essential part of the multidisciplinary team and is beneficial for any patient experiencing difficulty functioning in their daily life. Occupational therapy promotes independence with all activities through the following services: work simulation, proper body mechanics, joint protection, ergonomic assessment, swelling control, strengthening, home program development, pain reduction and adaptive equipment.
What does occupational therapy treat?
Occupational therapy treats a variety of orthopedic, geriatric, pediatric, neurological and work-related diagnoses. Including, but not limited to:
- Athletic injuries.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Custom splinting for upper extremities.
- Neurological conditions (i.e. brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, etc.).
- Post-surgical care.
- Sensory integration problems.
- Sprains and strains.
- Tendinitis (inflammation of connection between muscles and bones).
- Visual-perception and cognitive re-education.
- Work-related injuries.
What types of treatments are provided?
The treatment program is designed after completion of an initial evaluation. Treatment often includes exercises to promote flexibility and range of motion. Once this improves, the plan of care is advanced to include other exercises to improve strength, coordination and endurance. The goal is to improve an individual’s function at work and at home. Modalities such as electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, ultrasound, mechanical traction and cold laser may also be used to promote healing, reduce swelling and/or relieve pain. Therapists can also teach patients to use assistive or adaptive devices. Patients will also be educated in a home exercise program to expedite their recovery.