Occupational Therapy in Lubbock
Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine offers occupational therapy to help patients recover, maintain or develop daily living skills.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Despite its name, occupational therapy does more than just help people with their jobs – occupational therapy helps people perform meaningful activities in their daily lives. Occupational therapists help people learn how to move their bodies, manage objects, or use assistive devices to perform tasks. Occupational therapy might help someone get back to gardening after back surgery, for example, or learn how to cook a meal after recovering from a stroke.
In other words, occupational therapy helps adults and children with disabling neurological or orthopedic conditions develop, recover, and maintain skills used in activities of daily living.
Occupational therapy starts with a comprehensive evaluation of strength, coordination, joint motion, dexterity, and endurance while performing everyday activities, such as preparing meals, doing household chores, moving around in the community, participating in leisure activities and more.
Our occupational therapist then creates a customized treatment program to help you optimize the way you function. This type of therapy can include exercises, crafts, self-care tasks, and work-related motions. Occupational therapy activities improve strength, range of motion, coordination, and endurance.
This treatment addresses your daily routines and activity choices to improve your health and safety. The treatment provides training to improve your body mechanics, which helps protect your back, muscles, and joints. Occupational therapy also helps you conserve energy by optimizing how you move when performing everyday tasks.
Occupational therapists sometimes evaluate the patient’s home or job site then makes recommendations to make the environment as safe and user-friendly as possible. When necessary, the occupational therapist may recommend the use of adaptive equipment and assistive devices to improve a patient’s ability to perform an action and provide training on how to use the equipment.
Our occupational therapist also provides education on occupational health to family members and caregivers, to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Occupational Therapist Treats Many Conditions
An occupational therapist safely and effectively treats a wide variety of common injuries and health issues, such as brain or spinal cord injuries, trauma from accidents and more.
Specifically, occupational therapy can help you recover from:
- Certain developmental disabilities, such as cerebral palsy
- Spinal cord injuries
- Types of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
- Head injuries
- Limb amputations
- Visual or other sensory problems
- Cognitive or perceptual issues
- Serious, chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
- Functional decline resulting from a serious illness/injury
Debilitating injuries and illnesses can interrupt daily routines and affect how someone goes to work, performs self-care, engages in leisure activities, and participates in social activities. Disruptions tend to affect people differently. One person might have trouble with bathing, dressing or other self-care activities after a stroke, for example, while another might have trouble lifting, carrying or staying focused at work while undergoing treatment for cancer.
To help individuals overcome disruptions and restore function, occupational therapists create personalized treatment plans for each patient. Therapy can include working on fine motor skills to help the individual grasp and release tools, addressing hand-eye coordination, performing exercises to optimize overall coordination, and activities that improve focus and social skills.
While occupational therapists help many older adults, younger adults and children can also benefit from occupational therapy. Occupational therapists help children with birth defects, developmental delays, burns and more. They also help younger adults recover from a work injury or car accident.
Contact Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine Today
If you are tired of an injury or condition preventing you from going to work, taking care of your family, or engaging in your favorite activity, make an appointment with our occupational therapist. Our occupational therapists focus on helping you do what is most important to you. Lubbock Advanced Physical Medicine is conveniently located at 2230 Indiana Avenue in Lubbock, TX. Make your appointment today by calling (806) 791-3399.