Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for living meaningful and satisfying lives. TuDor’s occupational therapists focus on making independence a reality. 

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Examples of the OT patient population include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Strokes
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendon injuries
  • Nerve injuries
  • Cumulative trauma disorders (carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel,
  • DeQuerrain’s tenosynovitis
  • Tennis/golfers elbow
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

TuDor's Occupational Therapy Treatment

TuDor’s occupational therapists focus on making independence a reality. While complete independence may not occur depending on the extent of the disability, occupational therapists work with the patients to come up with strategies, techniques, or adaptations so that they can be as independent as possible.

At TuDor, the patient is completely evaluated to determine the best course of treatment to apply. This can include evaluation for pain, self-care, gross and fine motor control, strength and endurance, sensation, edema, wound management, and cognitive and perceptual status.

Once the evaluation is done various treatment techniques are applied including:

  • Hot/cold packs
  • Paraffin
  • Fluidotherapy
  • Ice massage
  • Contrast baths
  • Low level laser light therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Muscle stimulation
  • Passive stretching
  • Soft tissue mobilization/massage
  • Joint mobilization
  • Neurodevelopmental techniques
  • Pain control
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) training
  • Passive range of motion (PROM)
  • Active range of motion (AROM)
  • Tendon/nerve gliding exercises
  • Strengthening
  • Coordination/Dexterity tasks
  • Sensory Integration
  • Sensory re-education/desensitization
  • Edema control
  • Scar management
  • Cognitive/perceptual training
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment techniques (NDT) and/or
  • Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF)
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Cumulative trauma disorders
  • Tendon repairs
  • Neurological issues
  • Upper extremity splinting
  • Anatomy
  • Limitations/deficits
  • Functional capabilities
  • Home exercise programs
  • Compensatory techniques and/or
  • Use of assistive devices and equipment