We are pleased to welcome a new member to our team, Dr. Collin Messerly, a foot and ankle specialist. He will be seeing patients in all four of our Town Center Orthopaedic offices.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The occupational therapy team at Town Center Orthopaedics specializes in treating the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
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.
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.
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.
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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