Orthopedic Rehab

Using the Biomechanical Frame of Reference, occupational therapy helps patients recuperate from a physical injury, or disability through the therapeutic performance of daily activities.

Patients who had a musculoskeletal injury can regain and relearn skills needed to perform activities of daily living through occupational therapy. Musculoskeletal injuries are injuries to the bones, fascia, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Nerve compression syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Nerve compression syndrome

Occupational therapy can also benefit patients who underwent orthopedic surgeries such as total joint replacement surgery and spine surgery.

Difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy.

Occupational therapists are referred to as “functional physicals therapists”. While physical therapy focuses on restoring the function and mobility of a body part, occupational therapy focuses on improving the patient’s ability to perform daily activities. A physical therapist may use a variety of techniques and exercises to help patients improve their mobility.

On the other hand, an occupational therapist uses activities that help patients relearn basic skills they need to function independently. They also use techniques that enhance the fine and gross motor skills required to do activities of daily living and make sure that their patients’ environment is favorable for their lifestyle.