After someone survives a stroke, a traumatic brain injury, a difficult surgery, or another life-altering event, the battle to restore the ability to live a normal, productive life has only just begun. Fortunately, occupational therapy programs can help patients dealing with lost independence or productivity. In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, we’re highlighting how these programs are helping people in Southern Maryland live more fulfilling lives.
What is Occupational Therapy?
The main purpose of occupational therapy is to give patients the ability to be as independent as possible with their everyday activities.
Occupational Therapists focus on empowering patients to lead independent lives. This can range from simple tasks such as bathing and dressing to more complex home management, school, or work-related tasks. Occupational Therapists use thorough evaluation skills to determine what deficits are present and develop a treatment plan based on what is most meaningful to their patient.
When Does Someone Need Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists treat a wide range of people who are dealing with a variety of conditions. Although this list is far from exhaustive, here are some of the conditions that may require someone to seek the help of an occupational therapy program:
- Brain injury
- Joint replacements
- Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Chronic pain
- Hand injuries
Of course, treatment options will vary on a program-by-program basis, so your primary care doctor will be able to point you in the right direction should you or a loved one ever need this type of care.
Where Can You Find Occupational Therapy in Southern Maryland?
We’re proud to offer Occupational Therapy in 3 different settings at UM Charles Regional Medical Center (inpatient, hospital outpatient, and hand therapy at the UM Charles Regional Medical Pavilion at 5 North La Plata Court, La Plata, MD). Our team continues to help patients from all over Southern Maryland who’ve suffered from
Our skilled team is ready to help people live life to the fullest by offering individualized, one-on-one care. You can learn more about this specialty program by visiting our website or calling (301) 609-4413. Additionally, you can read more about how this program recently helped a Charles County resident in the latest issue of Maryland’s Health Matters.