Orthotics and Splinting
Customized orthotics, or splints, are fabricated for a patient's specific needs. Orthotics molded directly on the patient can provide proper positioning, immobilization, correction of a deformity and pain relief. These orthotics can be adjusted by the occupational therapist as changes in the musculoskeletal system occur. Saeboflex dynamic splints are also available and custom fit by specially trained therapist.
Occupational therapists evaluate and treat patients with a variety of neurological diagnoses ranging from stroke and multiple sclerosis to muscular dystrophy. A thorough evaluation of motor function, coordination, sensation, visual-perceptual skills and the ability to complete everyday activities is completed.
Experienced staff including neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) trained therapists work with each patient to establish goals based on the evaluation. Techniques used might include:
- Compensation techniques including recommendation of adaptive equipment
- Neuromuscular facilitation, including NDT
- Sensory re-education
- Therapeutic activities
- Training in the performance of tasks used to function in everyday life
Patients with problems writing checks, dressing, making a meal, feeding themselves or participating in hobbies as a result of a neurological disorder might benefit from occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists help people who have vision problems following a stroke or other neurological events. Patients may experience difficulty judging distance in space or seeing on one side. Therapists train patients how to compensate for the vision deficits while doing daily activities. The occupational therapist may use specialized computer programs made for vision retraining as part of treatment.
Lymphedema is the abnormal swelling caused by an impaired lymphatic system. Patients with this condition may benefit from treatments provided by specially trained occupational therapists.
Reasons for treatment:
- Lymph node removal
- Radiation Treatment
- Trauma to limbs
- Manual lymph drainage - a gentle hands-on technique that stimulates that activity of the lymph vessels and manually moves the lymph fluid
- Compression therapy - use of specialized bandages to prevent swelling
- Therapeutic exercise
- Skin care