"Occupational therapy helps people live life to its fullest. It does this by helping people of all ages who have suffered an illness, injury or some form of debilitation relearn the skills of daily living. By focusing on the physical, psychological and social needs of its patients, OT helps people function at the highest possible level, concentrating on what's important to them to rebuild their health, independence and self-esteem. Occupational therapists are specially trained and credentialed in the field and rely on evidence-based best practices and science-driven data to constantly improve patient outcomes. In an era where consumers want to increasingly be empowered and maximize life's potential, more and more people are recognizing the value of occupational therapy and as a result the field is expected to grow significantly over the coming years. (AOTA, 2008)"
Customized splints are fabricated by Occupational Therapists and can be utilized to:
- Decrease muscle tone
- Maintain functional position
- Increase range of motion
- Increase stability of affected joints
- Post-surgical needs or positioning
Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. It can also occur in the face, neck, abdomen or genitals. Lymphedema is the result of the abnormal accumulation of protein rich edema fluid in the affected area. Remarkably, even though it afflicts approximately 1 percent of the U.S. population (2.5 million Americans), its seriousness and the problems it creates are poorly understood in the medical community.
Lymphedema is classified as either primary or secondary. Primary lymphedema may be present at birth, but it more often develops later in life without obvious cause. Secondary lymphedema is much more common and is the result of surgery and/or radiation therapy for cancer. Secondary forms may also occur after injury, scarring, trauma or infection of the lymphatic system. The most effective treatment for lymphedema is Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
Ergonomics is the science of designing a person's environment so that it facilitates the highest level of function. A person's work environment should fit his or her capabilities as a worker. Identify and eliminate accident and injury risk factors in the workplace, such as actions associated with repetition, force, fixed or awkward postures, poorly designed tool handles, heavy loads, distance, vibration, noise, extreme temperatures, poor lighting, and psychosocial and other occupational stresses. Analyze job functions and job descriptions based on job tasks. Design pre-hire screenings to determine a candidate's suitability to a particular job. Modify tools and equipment so that they do not enable injury or illness. Provide education and training on injury prevention, workplace health and safety regulations, and managing job-related stress. Determine reasonable accommodations and worksite accessibility that is in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Recommend changes employers can take to minimize injury and accident risk factors.
Devices that are used to assist with completing activities of daily living. Bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and feeding are self-care activities that are including in the spectrum of activities of daily living. Some of these items include reachers, sock aides, long shoehorns, commodes, and tub transfer benches.
Saebo provides innovative rehabilitation products for individuals suffering from neurological injuries such as strokes.
The SaeboFlex is a custom, dynamic orthosis specifically designed for stroke survivors who exhibit some shoulder and elbow movement but have minimal hand function. Specifically, the stroke survivor can usually close their hand (i.e. curl the fingers into a fist) but he or she cannot then open the hand or extend his or her fingers. The SaeboFlex orthosis will support the patient's wrist and hand, which have been weakened due to a neurological condition (e.g., stroke, TBI, incomplete spinal cord, etc.). The SaeboFlex orthosis will allow the patient to use their affected wrist and hand thereby enhancing their ADL performance and promoting functionality.