Occupational therapy can help a client improve their activities of daily living, dressing needs, bathroom management, personal hygiene care, and standing balance while doing daily tasks such as cooking, shaving, bathing and dressing. Common client diagnoses that occupational therapists can help include but are not limited to: stroke, total joint replacement, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebral Palsy, arthritis and fractures.
Symptoms that may indicate need for Occupational Therapy
- Loss of upper-extremity strength/range of motion that contributes to loss of function.
- Increased difficulty performing activities of daily living
- Need for adaptive equipment
- Increased difficulty in using hands
- Visual impairment, chronic pain
- Cognitive deficit
- Diagnoses: amputation, back injury, carpel tunnel, cardiac disease, post MI, COPD, arthritis, osteoporosis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, CVA, Guilian-barre, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Diabetes Mellitus, neuropathy.