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What should I expect during Occupational therapy sessions?
Occupational therapy sessions typically involve an assessment of your condition, manual techniques to improve mobility and flexibility, individualized exercises and activities to help you reach your goals, education on how to prevent further injury or pain, and instruction on proper posture, body mechanics and other lifestyle changes.
Do I need a referral from my doctor before attending Occupational Therapy?
Modified Direct Access – we have a duty to refer if patient is a medical case and not being treated by a physician
What is Certified Hand Therapy?
A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has to have thousands of hours of experience and pass a rigorous board exam to hold the title of CHT. A Certified Hand Therapist has extensive knowledge and expertise in treating injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
What is Occupational Therapy?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) helps restore function in those necessary everyday tasks following injury, illness, or disability. OT uses everyday activities as a form of rehab and treatment. OT helps develop, restore, and improve the skills needed for daily living and work/school.
What do I need to wear or bring with me?
You should dress in comfortable, loose clothing that allows you to move easily and doesn’t restrict circulation. You should also bring any paperwork related to your medical history, including x-rays, ultrasounds, and doctor’s notes.
Is there anything I can do before my appointment to prepare?
Yes! Make sure you arrive for your session well-rested so that you can give it your full attention and energy. It is also helpful if you keep track of how much pain medication (if any) you take prior to the appointment so that the physical therapist can adjust the intensity of treatment accordingly.
How long will my Occupational therapy sessions last?
Sessions typically last 30-60 minutes depending on your condition and the types of techniques used. Your Occupational therapist will give you an estimate when you first arrive for your appointment.
Are there any exercises I can do at home between appointments to help improve my condition?
Yes! Your Occupational therapist may provide specific exercise recommendations for you to try in between visits, which will help speed up your recovery and progress faster toward reaching your goals. It’s important to follow these carefully and always check with your Therapist before starting a new exercise program if you have any questions or concerns.
What if I have questions after my Occupational therapy session?
Your Occupational therapist should be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your treatment plan before and after each visit. You can also contact the clinic directly for further assistance. We want you to get the most out of every session!
Will insurance cover my Occupational therapy?
It depends on your insurance plan. Most plans cover some or all of the costs associated with Occupational therapy, but you should check with your provider to determine coverage and any associated fees.
How often will I need to attend Occupational therapy sessions?
The frequency of visits will depend on your individual goals and condition, but typically it is recommended that patients attend 2-3 times per week for a minimum of 4-6 weeks in order to maximize results. Your therapist will provide more details during your initial appointment.
How long will it take for me to see results?
Every person’s situation is unique; therefore the amount of time needed to reach goals varies. With commitment and dedication from both you and your Occupational therapist, you can expect to start seeing results within a few weeks. The more positive lifestyle changes you make, the faster your progress will be!
Will my Occupational therapist be able to answer any questions I have about my condition?
Yes! Your Occupational therapist should be available to discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding your condition or treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to bring up any issues that may arise during the course of therapy.
What if I feel too much pain during a session?
If at any time during your Occupational therapy session you experience increased pain, it’s important to let your therapist know so they can adjust the intensity or technique as necessary. Your therapist will work with you to make sure that treatment is comfortable and effective for you
How will I know when I no longer need Occupational therapy?
Your Occupational therapist should be able to provide guidance on when it is appropriate to stop attending Occupational therapy sessions based on your progress, goals, and overall health status. It’s important to listen to your therapist and continue with treatment until they feel you are ready to move on.