Occupational Therapy Treatment
Lifespan has numerous locations around Rhode Island that provide rehabilitation services near where you live and work. Some offer Saturday appointments.
Occupational therapists (OTs) provide a broad range of services, including teaching adaptations for daily activities like showering, dressing, and preparing meals; correcting dysfunction of the hand, arm, and shoulder; and fitting splints or orthotics for appropriate positioning, healing, and functional use of a limb.
Who Needs Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Our OTs are devoted to helping patients lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives both at home and at work. Here are just a few examples of conditions they treat.
- OTs work with patients with neurological/cognitive dysfunction, which could include stroke patients or persons who have Parkinson’s disease.
- OTs work with patients who have had a limb amputated, helping them adapt to new ways of carrying out tasks of everyday life, such as eating using a non-dominant hand, negotiating stairs, and reaching into cupboards for dishes.
- OTs assess an employee’s capacity to return to work after an injury on the job.
How Do OT and PT Differ?
Many people are not familiar with the distinction between (PT) and (OT).
OT aims to improve a patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living, whether he or she is recovering from injuries or has developmental or cognitive challenges. OTs work with their patients to promote productivity and independence.
The goal of PT is to improve a patient’s ability to move their body with optimum ease and functionality, through exercises, massage, using ultrasound or electrical stimulation, and other techniques.