Did you know that April is Occupational Therapy Month? The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute invites you to celebrate the many health benefits that occupational therapy provides. But first, what exactly is Occupational Therapy and why should it be celebrated?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, “Occupational Therapy is a science-driven, evidence-based profession that enables people of all ages to participate in daily living or live better with injury, illness, or disability. This is accomplished through designing strategies for everyday living and customizing environments to develop and maximize potential.”¹
Occupational therapists help a variety of individuals, from all types of professions to students, stay-at-home parents, grandparents, retirees, weekend warriors and elite athletes. OT’s help their patients achieve their goals and function at the highest level possible.
Occupational therapists make it possible for the injured to return to the daily and work activities as well as sports, hobbies or whatever it is that is most important for each patient. OT’s do this by providing comprehensive care that takes into account their physical, psychological, social and emotional well-being. OT can improve health in many ways, which is a reason to celebrate!
Health Benefits Include:
- Increased strength and endurance of upper extremities
- Increased range of motion of upper extremities
- Increased quality of life
- Decreased pain and discomfort
- Prevention of re-injury
If you have suffered an orthopedic injury or are recovering from orthopedic surgery, OT can help restore your health by improving range of motion, coordination, muscle strength, and joint function.
The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute specializes in occupational therapy for upper extremity injuries of the hand, wrist, and shoulder. Our occupational therapists are experts in surgical and conservative management of upper extremity orthopedic injuries, custom-fabricated orthotic or splints, and activity modifications. Our goal is to help each patient reach their full potential for better health and quality of life.
The Illinois Bone and Joint Institute offers world-class orthopedic care across Chicago and Indiana, with over 100 convenient locations and expertise in every orthopedic specialty. We offer personalized solutions and cutting-edge treatments to help you move better, so you can live better.