Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of healthcare that helps individuals with pain, disability, illness, or injuries deterring them from going about their daily activities. This treatment is ideal for patients who find it hard to care for themselves, go to work, attend school, move around, or perform household chores due to health conditions. 

Occupational therapists such as Gen Physio are trained to develop ways to help such patients improve and stay active. Here is what you should expect from an OT session with a qualified healthcare provider. 

What Can I Expect from Occupational Therapy? | Gen Physio

1. Evaluation 

Most occupational therapy programs begin with an evaluation. Your therapist will examine you to determine the strength, range of motion, balance, and baseline status of the issues being treated. Although the evaluation process may vary from one healthcare setting to another, they generally entail two steps; 

  • Discovery and Information Gathering- Your occupational therapist will review your medical records if available and ask some questions to fill in any gaps. At this stage, you will only be asked for specific information such as your age, past medical history, precautions, and diagnosis. The practitioner will also be interested in knowing more about your daily lifestyle to construct an occupational profile. 
  • Assessments- After the discovery session, an occupational therapist will conduct some checks to determine your general health status and how the diagnosis is affecting your motor skills. Part of an occupational therapist’s work is to assess vital signs, mental health status, pain, skin health, manual muscle tests, sensory processing, and joint range of motion. 

2. Determining If You Are an Ideal Candidate for Therapy 

By now, your therapist will have identified all your problems and distinguished those that they can help address. The therapist addresses only the issues that merit their skilled intervention. 

For minor problems, they may refer you to other private practices or healthcare professionals with less training, like exercise coaches or massage therapists. Your motivation to achieve your goals also determines if you are the right candidate for occupational therapy.

3. Setting Goals and Creating a Treatment Plan 

Your therapist will work with you to create rational and measurable goals for your therapy treatment. Such goals entail short and longer-term expectations from the therapy services. After setting the goals, your therapist will create a well-laid-out implementation plan on how to achieve them. This plan should include timelines such as how often and how long you should have the therapy sessions to realise positive health outcomes. 

Need Professional Occupational Therapy Sessions? Contact us Today 

At Gen Physio, our qualified occupational therapists are trained to help people of all ages, from young children with gross motor skill problems to seniors and premature babies. We offer therapy programs and practical advice to help our patients develop confidence and ability. Please contact us today to book a Mobile Occupational Therapy appointment.

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