2018-04-04 / Front Page

April is Occupational Therapy Month

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, Putnam County Hospital would like to inform the community on what Occupational Therapy can do for them!

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. OT gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Services typically include:

• Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities

• Performance skills assessments and treatment

• Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training

• Guidance to family members and caregivers

How Can Occupational Therapy Make a Difference?

The Putnam County Hospital Occupational Therapy Program is designed to work with patients to regain proficiency with tasks in your daily routine to enable a more independent lifestyle.

What Diagnoses/ Conditions Can be Treated by Occupational Therapy?

• Limitations following a stroke or neurological disorder

• Chronic conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndromes and Frozen Shoulder

• Pain Management Disorders

• Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and Post Mastectomy Care

• Handwriting, low muscle tone, strengthening

• Orthopedic injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents

• Vision or cognitive problems

• Chronic swelling as in case with Lymphedema diagnosis

• Scar massage, stretching

• Activities of Daily Living such as Dressing, Eating, bathing, home management skills

• Fall prevention and In Home Safety

• Utilization of various equipment including prosthetic and orthotic services

Tasks become easier when you learn to conserve energy, protect joints, simplify steps and have your senses working in compatible ways. With training, you can regain abilities affected by illness, paralysis, an accident or injury.

For additional information on the Putnam County Hospital Occupational Therapy Program, call the Rehabilitation Department at 765-655- 2639.

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