Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at Town Center Orthopaedics

Many people will eventually need occupational therapy, or OT, due to accidents, injuries, and even the aging process. OT is a specialized field of medical care designed to teach people with injuries or other disabilities adaptive techniques that help them increase their quality of life and live with less pain.

The occupational therapists at Town Center Orthopedics undergo extensive training to help people overcome injuries and issues that get in the way of everyday activities. Whether your OT begins after surgery or is prescribed after an injury, the specialists at Town Center Orthopaedics can help you live a better, fuller life.

Treatments

The occupational therapists at Town Center Orthopedics specialize in treating pain and mobility issues in the upper extremities. Our OT specialists are all Certified Hand Therapists and have 40+ years of experience treating conditions in the following areas and also offer orthopedic injury therapy for skeletal and muscle pain, bone fractures, and peripheral nerve injuries.

Occupational Therapy Q&A

What Is the Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists and occupational therapists perform similar tasks, and if you’re recovering from an injury or surgery you may work with both kinds of specialists as you work to become well again. However, the scope of their work is different. Physical therapists work with patients to rehabilitate individual injuries and help them regain movement of the injured area.

Occupational therapists, on the other hand, treat the “whole person”. They specialize in a combination of manual techniques, therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular re-education to help patients recover after surgery. Occupational therapists use these techniques and exercises — sometimes in conjunction with custom fabrication of braces and other support devices — to help their patients return to daily life and functionality.

What Conditions Does Occupational Therapy Treat?

Occupational therapy is useful for anyone who has a musculoskeletal or neurological disorder that affects their ability to move or causes a lack of strength or dexterity. Examples of conditions where occupational therapy can be most beneficial include:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Spinal injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Ligament and tendon injuries

The occupational therapy team at Town Center Orthopaedics specializes in treating the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.

Why Might I Need Occupational Therapy?

While occupational therapy is prescribed for a whole host of reasons, two of the most common reasons for seeking out OT are office and workplace injuries and post-surgery rehabilitation.

  • Manufacturing, construction, and other labor-intensive jobs often create situations that cause back and muscle injuries, as well as serious accidents that require extensive and comprehensive treatments.

    But the office can be equally risky for injuries. Administrative employees or those working with computers can develop work practices that could eventually cause debilitating injuries, leaving people unable to perform simple chores like cooking or child care.

    Complaints about musculoskeletal disorders send almost 70 million Americans to their doctors every year, with about 130 million people going to outpatient clinics, hospitals, and emergency rooms.

  • Often surgery done on hands, shoulders, elbows, and wrists will include OT as part of the healing process. These specialized kinds of treatments are part of a highly coordinated course of action designed to provide patients with better outcomes than just surgery.
What Can I Expect During OT Treatment?

After a thorough assessment of your physical and functional limitations, your occupational therapist will educate you on exercises to help improve your mobility and decrease your discomfort. Each therapy is completely customized to your specific condition. Occupational therapists can also offer custom brace or orthotic fabrication, as well as develop individualized home exercise programs to help you continue in your recovery.

Experienced Occupational Therapy Specialists in Virginia

Town Center Orthopaedics is a leading provider of high-quality, state-of-the-art orthopedic care for patients throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. With locations in Fairfax, Reston, Centreville, and Ashburn, our team of occupational therapists offers patient-centered care for people struggling with musculoskeletal problems like joint dysfunction, workplace injuries, and chronic pain.

When you experience pain, injuries, or problems with your physical performance, the specialists at Town Center Orthopaedics can provide the treatment you need to return to your routine. Request your Occupational Therapy appointment online today.

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