Our Approach to Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy addresses a person’s ability to return to their everyday life activities. These include home, work/school, community, and leisure activities. At ESP Sports Medicine in Lafayette, Colorado, our expert occupational therapist completes a thorough occupational therapy evaluation to identify any areas of impairment that limit a person’s performance of their daily tasks. These impairments can be physical, sensory, visual, perceptual, and/or cognitive.
Orthopedic injuries such as fractures, muscle strains and sprains, as well as tendonitis/tendinopathy are evaluated and treated by occupational therapists. Our individualized 1:1 client centered upper extremity therapy, including occupational hand therapy, fosters healing and improved functional arm/hand use. Our occupational therapist includes soft tissue mobilization and manual therapy techniques. She also uses proper progression of exercises, patient education, swelling and pain control techniques to maximize functional outcomes for the patient. Sensory re-education may also be a part of the treatment for impaired sensation and hypersensitivity.
An occupational therapist is also able to treat patients with neurological problems. This treatment improves eye movements and vision, vestibular issues, perception, information processing, thinking skills, sensory re-education, and compensation techniques. Re-education of the neuromuscular system facilitates movement, strength, and coordination. It also improves trunk strength and postural control which enhances stability and balance while performing motor tasks.
Treatments include patient and family education to promote understanding and follow through of the techniques and exercises the patient is learning. We foster independence and the individual’s goals are the utmost priority.
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Occupational Therapy FAQ
Occupational therapy is beneficial because it allows patients to return to their everyday lives. Whether it be home, school, work, community, or leisure an occupational therapist is a great way to get back to doing what you love most.
Occupational therapy (OT) can help children! Normally OT helps children with developmental delays or a known physical or mental condition associated with developmental delays. OT can also help control children’s motor controls, cognitive function, sensory processing, communication, and play skills.
An occupational therapy home program is activities or exercises that the OT teaches the patient to do at home to help increase their rate of progress and independence. The home program may include thinking skills, coordination training activities, physical exercises, sensory activities, games requiring speed, or how to plan and pace daily tasks.
Occupational therapists can promote health by assessing an individual’s risk for falls, conserving energy to be able to perform tasks,cognitive safety issues, home safety, adaptive techniques and equipment, and current or potential disabilities.
The best tools for occupational therapy for children are age appropriate, evidence based, and geared toward each child’s specific needs.
Occupational therapists can work with applied behavior analysis (ABA) techniques in conjunction with other techniques to help patients improve their overall quality of life. However, ABA is only one technique among many that an occupational therapist might use.
Neither physiotherapy nor occupational therapy is better than the other, they are two different fields of practice that often complement and reinforce each other to maximize an individual’s physical, cognitive, and psychosocial skills to participate in their normal daily life. Oversimplifying the two, Occupational therapy helps improve the quality of participation in an individuals’ daily functional tasks while physiotherapy helps improve the quality of movement in the human body.
Typically an evaluation is performed on the first visit that assists the occupational therapist to identify a client’s areas of strength, deficits, and the patient’s goals for treatment in order to develop an individualized treatment plan. If there is time, instruction on exercises/tasks to do at home will be taught to the patient to start at home before the next treatment session.
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Our occupational therapist, Camma Love, has extensive experience helping individuals return to their everyday lives. She completes a thorough evaluation with each new patient to identify areas of impairment in their daily lives. She then works with each individual patient 1-on-1 preparing a plan and executing it at following visits and through a home exercise program. Camma gives each patient her undivided attention and devotion they need to be successful with this plan. She applies occupational therapy methods with great care and understanding, and a vast amount of knowledge and experience. If you or a loved one are struggling with any of the issues listed above or have questions for our cognitive therapist, please give us a call. We’d be more than happy to help.