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Understanding Occupational Therapy
Unclear about the differences between physical and occupational therapy? Not sure about what to expect from your occupational therapist? You're not alone- for many people, physical therapy is the first phrase that comes to mind when talking about physical rehabilitation.
Jessica Kasper, MS, OTR/L, explains the role occupational therapy can have in getting you back to everyday life after injury or illness.
In honor of Donate Life Month - Eugene's Transplant Story: A Second Chance at Life
At the beginning of 2015, Eugene's life was full of uncertainty. He had spent the last four years waiting for a double lung transplant, the only option to reverse the damage cause from zarcoid that had progressively weakened his lungs. Eugene required physical rehabilitation both before and after his double lung transplant in order to maximize the success of his transplant
"My doctor wanted me to build my strength up, but I couldn't get enough oxygen for a daily routine," says Eugene. "So we had to find a place that could help me keep my oxygen levels up while getting physical therapy, to build up my body in preparation for the transplant surgery."
Created by The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), this month allows us to recognize how occupational therapists help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people's lives. Currently, we have 94 occupational therapists and certified occupational therapists across our organization.
Occupational therapy treatment focuses on returning patients to the highest level of independence and day-to-day function possible. Goals during treatment are based on activities and skills needed during a patient's daily routine. Through a combination of exercises, stretches, massage therapy, and education, our occupational therapists partner with patients to create a treatment plan specific to their needs