Occupational therapy can help you get back to your daily activities through a series of exercises and stretches. Our occupational therapists will closely work with you to improve dexterity, strength, coordination, and range of motion. We have experience helping a variety of patients improve their ability to move independently and with minimal pain. Occupational therapy is offered at our Sharon-Montrose location in the Medina, OH area.
What Is Occupational Therapy?
When working with an occupational therapist, you can expect to receive an individualized evaluation to determine your specific needs. The therapist will review your medical records and assess your health and wellness, considering factors like age, pain level, vital signs, skin health, muscle tone, coordination, and more. The goal is to create a customized plan to help you achieve daily activities and reach your long-term goals.
While some patients need just a few weeks of occupational therapy, others might require months or even years of treatment. In some cases, a therapist might utilize standardized assessments to determine whether a patient is ready to resume activities like working or driving.
Occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to help patients achieve their goals and live life without pain. Along with teaching patients exercises and stretches to improve range of motion, we offer new ways of performing familiar activities by breaking them down into smaller movements and practicing them until they become routine.
How Is Occupational Therapy Different From Traditional Physical Therapy?
While both occupational therapists and physical therapists perform vital tasks, helping patients alleviate pain and regain function, there are some key differences between the two types of therapy. One of the most significant differences is that occupational therapy focuses not just on treating injuries, but also on enhancing patients’ skills so they can function better in daily life. In many cases, occupational therapists work with patients who have developmental or cognitive disabilities that impact their motor skills, feelings, and behaviors. On the other hand, physical therapy focuses largely on evaluating, diagnosing, and treating more general conditions and injuries that stem from health-related issues.
Wheelchair Seating Evaluations
Occupational therapists sometimes work with individuals who require wheelchairs for the short or long term. In these cases, it might be necessary to perform a wheelchair seating evaluation. Patients who are confined to customized manual or power wheelchairs often require seating evaluations to ensure safety and proper positioning. Without this step, individuals are at an increased risk for discomfort, impaired function, skin breakdowns, and numerous orthopedic injuries.
At Ferrell-Whited Occupational Therapy, we perform custom wheelchair seating evaluations for our patients. Additionally, we can make suggestions to improve the safety and accessibility of patients’ homes and help them locate durable, high-quality medical equipment.
Are You Experiencing Shoulder, Elbow, or Hand Pain?
We treat a range of conditions and injuries affecting the shoulders, elbows, and hands. These include tendonitis and other tendon injuries, broken bones, muscular issues, and more. If you’ve suffered these or other injuries affecting your ability to function without pain and achieve your goals, don’t hesitate to seek help.
Common Conditions Treated
At Ferrell-Whited, we specialize in a variety of areas, including upper extremity orthopedics, neurology, rheumatology, and orthotics. We help our patients employ exercises and stretches specifically designed to target and help heal a variety of conditions. Below are just a few of the many occupational therapy conditions we treat at our Medina facility:
Rotator Cuff Impairment
Rotator cuff impairment and injuries are common in people whose jobs or hobbies involve repetitive overhead motion and can cause significant pain.
One of the most common reasons for shoulder pain, impingement results from injury to the shoulder tendons and bursa. Repetitive activity is a common risk factor for this condition.
Physical and occupational therapy might be necessary after joint replacement surgery to alleviate discomfort and regain range of motion.
Fractures of the Upper Extremities
Occupational therapists often treat patients who have suffered an upper extremity disability. Often resulting in a disruption of daily activities, these conditions include:
- Rheumatoid conditions
- Genetic abnormalities
- Injuries and trauma
At Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy Services, we are proud to serve the needs of a wide array of patients at our Sharon-Montrose location.
In addition to exercises and stretches specifically tailored to your condition, we can provide environmental and task modifications to help achieve your goals in the workplace and at play. The goal is to help you heal while improving quality of life moving forward.
Meet Our Featured Occupational Therapist: Bethany Hogan
At Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy Services, we offer a full range of occupational therapy treatments under the direction of occupational therapist Bethany Hogan. A graduate of the occupational therapy program at Ohio State University, Bethany has been seeing patients since 1982. In her clinical practice, she has treated a diverse range of medical conditions in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and patients’ homes. Her goal is to assist every patient in achieving the maximum amount of function while minimizing pain and improving quality of life. Additionally, she works hard to maintain communication with patients’ families and offer support every step of the way.