Occupational Therapy Month highlights the vital role that rehabilitation plays in improving life after surgery.
Occupational therapy is a form of rehabilitation that helps patients return to everyday activities after a traumatic event, whether it be a car accident or a stroke. This includes surgery, which can change your life. Depending on the individual and his or her needs, occupational therapy may work with the patient to develop:
- Body strength and range of motion
- Hand-eye coordination
- Emotional health
- A sense of "normalcy" in everyday life
Who is an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist tailors a rehabilitation program to the individual, often looking at the patient's care from a holistic perspective. For example, the occupational therapist may teach a post-operative client how to care for yourself before you leave the hospital. They might also show you how changes in your home environment may make daily tasks easier once you leave the hospital. Rehabilitation may include learning how to use tools that compensate for lost skills. The occupational therapist also serves the patient in evaluating their health and spotting the need for further testing or diagnosis.
What post-operative benefits can occupational therapy yield?
Patients often report feeling a sense of control over their own lives after experiencing an occupational therapy program. Benefits include the ability to:
- Manage one's pain
- Improve physical skills, as well as endurance
- Improve language skills
- Regain competence in daily activities
- Reduce the time and amount of medical care needed in the future
- Reduce the need for a caregiver
- Reduce anxieties about life after an operation
- Foster a sense of independence
Are you preparing for surgery or have you just undergone a procedure? Denton Regional Medical Center's highly skilled occupational therapists work with all types of patients to improve their lives as well as those of their families and caregivers. Learn more about our occupational therapy services by visiting us online. If you would like to find a doctor to speak with, please call (855) 477-DRMC (3762) for a physician referral.