What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a form of health care that empowers individuals to overcome physical, mental, or developmental conditions that inhibit their ability to perform everyday activities. OTs employ a variety of methods and adaptive equipment to assist people of all ages in returning to their occupations (meaningful and necessary daily activities), thereby improving their overall quality of life.
Whether it’s a child with developmental delays, an older adult regaining independence, or an art hobbyist looking to hold a brush without pain, OT addresses the needs of the whole person, not just the injury or illness.
What kind of occupational therapy treatments are provided at Spear?
At Spear, we provide customized, holistic treatment plans that transcend the standard occupational therapy practice by putting patients on a path toward optimal performance while also bypassing future injuries.
Our skilled occupational therapists treat a wide range of diagnoses, focusing on the upper extremities. They work with patients to improve their performance in functional activities or “occupations,” such as daily living, education, work, play, leisure, social participation, and sleep.
We treat a wide range of orthopedic and neuromuscular disorders. Here are just a few of the many diagnoses that our therapists address daily:
- Hand: Post-Operative, Tendinopathies, fractures, neuropathies, stress injuries
- Elbow: Fractures, Nerve Entrapments, Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis,
- Shoulder: Tendonitis, Labral Pathology, Rotator Cuff, Nerve Entrapment, Impingement
- Wrist: Fractures, Carpal Instabilities, Ligament/Soft Tissue Sprains
- Vision: Post-Concussion/Brain Injury Visual Impairments
- Ergonomics: Postural Dysfunction and Workplace Modifications
- Pediatrics: Torticollis, Developmental Delays, Sports Injuries, Musculoskeletal Impairments,
- Splinting: Custom-Fabricated Orthosis of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand
When is occupational therapy recommended?
Occupational therapy is recommended for anyone feeling limited in their normal day-to-day functions due to pain or other symptoms. An ideal candidate for OT is someone who is trying to reach a functional goal and is motivated to work towards and achieve that goal actively.
Whether you have difficulty managing daily living activities, exercising, participating in sports or recreational activities due to chronic illnesses, or recovering from surgery or injury, our occupational therapists can help.