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Can you benefit from occupational therapy?

This April, the team at St. Lucie Medical Center is celebrating Occupational Therapy Month. It’s a chance to get the word out about the ways that occupational therapy makes life-changing contributions to patients’ healthcare and quality of life. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist after you have orthopedic surgery, when you’re recovering from a stroke or after your child has been diagnosed with a disability.

Understanding the focus of occupational therapy

Occupational therapy truly revolves around the needs of the individual patient. It’s compassionate care that prioritizes your unique health goals, preferences and concerns. Occupational therapists work closely with other specialists, such as orthopedic surgeons, to develop personalized rehabilitation programs for patients of all ages. Your recovery plan can empower you to live life well by helping you do the things you love despite physical or cognitive limitations.

Identifying the uses of occupational therapy for children

Your child may work with an occupational therapist if he or she could use some extra help to reach developmental targets that are appropriate for the age range. The occupational therapist can help your child overcome obstacles to allow him or her to enjoy the following:

  • Playing with friends
  • Participating in school
  • Experiencing healthy self-esteem
  • Feeling confident in his or her abilities

Considering the benefits of occupational therapy for adults

Adults may work with an occupational therapist while they are recovering from surgery or from fall-related injuries. Occupational therapy is also helpful for patients with the following issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Neurological impairment
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Low vision
  • Severe burns
  • Mental health disorders
  • Missing limbs
  • Multiple sclerosis

When working with adult patients, occupational therapists focus on understanding their patients’ typical work, household and leisure activities. Then, occupational therapists can customize programs that enable patients to modify existing skills or learn new skills to preserve quality of life.

The rehabilitation specialists at St. Lucie Medical Center are committed to developing strong relationships with our patients that empower them to reach their health goals. Our modern orthopedic hospital in Treasure Coast is pleased to provide superior, patient-centered care delivered by top specialists who live and work in the same communities as you. Call us at 1.800.382.3522 and let us know how we can help you.

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