A Q&A with Occupational Therapist Madison Smith, OTR/L
From April 1 to April 30, 2022, IBJI is taking part in celebrating Occupational Therapy Month. We’re kicking off this month of awareness with an introduction to occupational therapy. Read on to find out the vital role occupational therapists play in patients’ lives.
What Is OT?
Occupational therapists (OTs) are rehabilitation professionals who use a holistic approach to restoring independence within all daily tasks, work, leisure, and any meaningful activities that may be limited by an injury, condition, or surgery.
Occupational therapists in an orthopedic setting specialize in the rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand.
What Can an IBJI Occupational Therapist Do for You?
- Regaining range of motion and strength
- Wound care and scar management
- Ergonomic evaluation
- Custom splint fabrication
- Manual therapy and joint mobilization
- Activity modification and joint protection
- Adaptive equipment
- Work conditioning
How Many Occupational Therapists Work at IBJI?
IBJI currently employs 47 occupational therapists across 24 clinics.
What Is the Required Training for Occupational Therapists?
All occupational therapists must be graduates of an accredited master’s or doctorate program, pass the national board exam, and perform annual continuing education.
Many of IBJI’s OTs are certified hand therapists (CHTs). This certification requires three years of experience with 4,000 hours of direct practice in hand therapy. Additionally, they must successfully pass a comprehensive exam of advanced clinical skills and theory of the upper extremity.
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Find out about the occupational therapy services available at IBJI, including all of our locations, to see how we can help you move better and live better.