Occupational Therapy Specialist

Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute

Orthopedics located in West Palm Beach, Florida

When you suffer an injury or develop any musculoskeletal condition that impairs your ability to stay active, occupational therapy (OT) is the treatment you need to restore your skills and regain optimal functioning. The exceptional team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute includes experienced occupational therapists who work with you to develop customized interventions that meet your goals. To learn more about occupational therapy or to schedule an appointment, call the office in West Palm Beach, Florida, or use the online booking feature.

Occupational Therapy Q & A

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a multidisciplinary treatment designed to increase functioning, enhance motor skills, and prevent disability in patients with musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. When it comes to OT, “occupation” isn’t limited to a job; it refers to any type of meaningful activity.

The therapy you receive depends on the type and severity of your underlying condition and the goals you want to achieve. Some patients need to restore their ability to perform normal activities of daily living, while others aim to return to the workplace or get back to competitive sports.

Your occupational therapist takes a whole-person approach, working with the entire team at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute to ensure all your health care needs are incorporated into your OT.

What musculoskeletal conditions benefit from occupational therapy?

Virtually any musculoskeletal condition that affects your ability to perform can benefit from OT. However, OT is especially valuable when you need to restore optimal function in a hand, arm, or lower extremity.

These are only a few examples of conditions for which OT is recommended:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Tendonitis
  • Crush injuries
  • Ligament and tendon injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Joint replacement

OT may also be scheduled following orthopedic surgery, where early intervention helps to promote your full recovery.

What should I expect during occupational therapy?

Your occupational therapist at the Paley Institute evaluates your condition and its impact on your daily functioning. During your assessment, your therapist considers every aspect of your health, as well as family, work, and environmental factors that should be incorporated into your therapy.

When your assessment is complete, you’ll work with your occupational therapist to develop personalized goals, then you’ll talk about the interventions needed to reach your goals. Your therapist designs a step-by-step rehabilitation plan that may include structured activities, exercises, and training that’s specific to your occupation, whether it’s related to work, self-care, or recreation. If returning to play is your goal, your occupational therapy includes athletic training.

Your occupational therapist may design or prescribe assistive devices, help you manage your pain, and teach new ways to adapt to your challenges. For example, you may need to learn how to deal with safety issues that arise when an injury causes sensory loss.

If you’d like to learn more about occupational therapy or you need to schedule an OT assessment, call Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute or use the online booking feature.


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