Role of Occupational Therapy in Outpatient Orthopedics
BY GLORIA, OTR/L
Occupational therapy (OT) is a profession that helps patients across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (also known as occupations).
Headache or Pain in the Neck?
By Jennifer Gordon, MSPT, CLT
Have you ever noticed the tension in your head and neck at the end of a long week at the office? It may start as some soreness in your upper shoulders or the neck, or it may start as a headache. You grab an advil which helps temporarily, but you can’t help but notice that your neck feels sore to the touch and your upper back feels stiff. What is going on here?
You may be suffering from cervicogenic headaches, migraine, or tension headaches. Cervicogenic headaches originate in the musculoskeletal structures of the cervical spine (neck) and may radiate into the head, face, shoulder, shoulder blade and arm.
Jamila Rawlings Logan, MSPT
It started with that morning when you awakened from your sleep to walk to the restroom. The pain in your foot was dull or sharp but definitely not how you felt the day before. As you continued to get ready for the morning, you noticed the pain in your foot was much less intense or non-existent and proceeded with your day.
OT’s Role in Neuro Rehabilitation
By: Gloria Rinonos, MS, OTR/L
The role of occupational therapists (OTs) is to improve health and participation of clients through engagement in occupation, which includes activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, rest, education, work, play, leisure and social participation (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2018). In a neuro rehabilitation setting, occupational therapists can treat a wide variety of conditions including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.