By Rebecca Storey, OTR/L, CHT
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy was founded in 1917 and today has more than 213,000 OT professionals that practice nationwide. Occupational therapy has evolved over the past centennial to encompass a science-driven, evidence-based profession designed to help clients live their lives to their maximum potential through the focus of mind-body connection and purposeful activities. These things can include anything from your job duties, hobbies, or daily activities such as cooking/dressing/cleaning/etc.
How does Occupational Therapy differ from Physical Therapy?
Part of our rehabilitation team here at Tulsa Bone and Joint includes 4 licensed Occupational Therapists and 1 licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. In the outpatient orthopedic setting, occupational therapists typically treat the upper extremity. Physical therapists typically treat the spine and lower extremities. This can vary depending on the treatment setting. The occupational therapists in our clinics have many years of experience treating upper extremity conditions. They work very closely with our surgeons and orthopedic doctors, providing custom splinting and patient-centered care for various diagnoses.
April is Occupational Therapy Month
Tulsa Bone and Joint would like for you to join us in celebrating our Occupational Therapists. Look for posts on our blog and Facebook throughout the month as we introduce our staff and share some insight as to what drives them as Occupational Therapists and the experiences that lead them to our practice. #OTMonth