April is Occupational Therapy Month
by Jana Tobin, PT OT, outpatient manager, Pen Bay Medical Center
Did you know Pen Bay Healthcare has four Occupational Therapists (OTs) in the Outpatient Rehabilitation department located in the Physicans Building on the Pen Bay Campus and PARC employees four OT staff? The therapists have over 73 years of combined experience between them.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the life activities they want and need to do, through therapeutic interventions and activities (occupations).
Who needs Occupational Therapy?
The Occupational Therapists in the Outpatient Rehabilitation department specialize in the treatment of hand and arm injuries, including traumas, overuse injuries and degenerative conditions. Therapists can create splints, provide manual therapy and use exercises and functional activities to assist in your recovery.
Workplace ergonomics can also be an important part of your recovery. Occupational Therapists may assist you with a workplace evaluation to ensure your recovery includes appropriate changes to your habits or tasks that may be factors in your injury.
Another specialty area of Occupational Therapy treatment includes interventions for acquired brain injuries, strokes, and progressive neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease. This may include education about techniques and equipment available to ease the challenges of everyday living, strategies to improve or cope with memory deficits and other approaches to compensate for cognitive and or physical deficits.
How does an OT work with you?
Your first visit includes a comprehensive evaluation with a focus on your specific concerns, goals and needs. An individual home program is typically started with the first visit. Your treatment is designed in collaboration with you, and you are actively involved in your care, recovery and long term wellness.
How do I access OT?
Ask your primary doctor or specialist for a referral. Check with your insurance to understand your benefits for OT coverage.
For more information about Occupational or Physical Therapy at Pen Bay Healthcare, call 593-5500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.