April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month!

April is Occupational Therapy (OT) Month!


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists work to assist people who experience challenges to their everyday health to participate in or return to daily life to their fullest ability. These types of injuries can be overwhelming and cause a significant disruption to your life. OT’s work closely with patients to help establish goals and come up with a plan to meet those goals through education, exercises, lifestyle assessments, and much more, in order to maximize your functional independence.

OT’s treat an array of conditions, whether it be an injury, illness, birth defect, or other health-related condition. The goal of Occupational Therapy is to make long-term significant improvements to everyday life after injury or illness.


Why is Occupational Therapy Important?

Some of the issues you may experience that will bring you to an Occupational Therapist may include pain while: bathing, eating, dressing, grooming, rest, etc. These are activities that you participate in on a daily basis and experiencing pain while doing so can be very frustrating. There’s no need to suffer through the pain when there are ways to avoid it and live a productive and satisfying life!

We want you to be able to participate in your daily life with confidence. Which is why at Professional, we employ a team of specialists to help our patients to develop the skills they need to overcome the difficulties of daily life that have been affected. Our Occupational Therapists, Hand Therapists, and Physical Therapists are trained specialists in wrist injuries, pain management and pain relief for the hands.

Joint mobilization, manual therapy, sports injury rehabilitation, exercise therapy, flexibility training, and health & wellness strategies are some of the techniques used to help treat these types of injuries, whether it be sudden or ongoing pain, or post-surgery rehabilitation.


“Occupational Therapists (OT) and Certified Occupational Assistants (COTA) mastery and skillful application of manual intervention, therapeutic activities and injury specific exercise programs are, by all means, essential.  OT treatment enables an injured or post-surgical patient to return to independence and, in most cases, complete recovery; results which would otherwise not be achieved. The impact for the individual patient, their family, and the community at large is immeasurable,” states Robert Wilutis MS, OTR, CHT, Vice President of Clinical Operations of Hand and Occupational Therapy at Professional Physical Therapy.


Interested in becoming an OT or CHT?

If you enjoy helping others to improve the quality of their lives, a career in Occupational Therapy may be a fit for you!

To become an OT or CHT, you’ll need to complete an undergraduate degree program which is typically four years. For 2-3 years after receiving this degree, you will attend occupational therapy school, working under the supervision of a licensed clinician.

Which state you are planning to practice in plays a major role in obtaining a license. Each state has its own unique requirements for obtaining a license or renewal of a license, and you must obtain a license for the state in which you will practice.

To become a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT), you must have a license for a minimum of three years and a minimum of 4,000 hours of direct practice experience in hand therapy.


For more information on hand therapy services provided at Professional Physical Therapy, visit us at, https://www.professionalpt.com/services/hand-therapy/.







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