Occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistances work with a wide variety of populations throughout their career. Some of these different populations can include different types of backgrounds, genders, ages, economic statuses, ethnicities, and more. While working with these populations, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistances have to be aware of different types of influences that can not only affect the client, but the client’s occupations as well. In this article, “Psychosocial Aspects of Occupational Therapy,” it discusses the different types of psychosocial aspects that are in the field of occupational therapy.
Occupational therapy is a rapidly growing field that is increasing at a rate of 27 percent (Occupational Therapists). While the number of occupational therapists is growing, the number of elderly people in the United States are growing as well. This is happening because baby boomers, or people that were born from 1946 to 1964, are aging at this time (Chippendale, Tracy). Occupational therapists play a very important role in the lives of almost all elderly people. Occupational therapists that help geriatric patients do numerous different activities and perform some changes in their lives to help them live to their fullest potential. One of the jobs that occupational therapists do for elderly people is preventing falls (“Fall Prevention for Older
2011, Hanne Kaae Kristensen, Dennis Persson, Carita Nygren, Mette Boll & Peter Matzen1, demonstrated the relevance of Occupational therapy in stroke rehabilitation. Quoting from Stephanie Yamkovenko’s article on Recovering from Stroke with Occupational Therapy: Living Life To Its Fullest, “Occupational therapy practitioners address the physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges brought on by a stroke, and they can help stroke survivors engage in daily activities through a variety of evidence-based methods”. Her article further elucidates that occupational therapy views the stroke survivor holistically and has the ability to recommend equipment for the survivor’s home and work environments to ensure safety and aid in performance of task amongst others. “The goal of occupational therapy, as part of the rehabilitation process, is to enable the individual to return to the highest level of performance in his or her valued
Occupational therapy should be at the forefront of the many healthcare fields, because it contributes a unique expertise that maximizes function (Sleight & Duker, 2016). The ability to care for the patient in a holistic manner comes from the strong training occupational therapy practitioners receive in both evaluating and treating all aspects of the client within the multiple contexts and environments with the intent to maximize functioning (AOTA, 2014). Multiple quantitative studies have displayed the short-term benefits of occupational therapy services in regards to oncology. Previously, measurements taken at the end of individualized cancer rehabilitation programs have shown improvements in client’s physical functioning (Jones & Alfano, 2013; McEwen et al., 2012; Spence, Heesh, & Brown, 2010). Likewise, meta-analyses have shown large to moderate changes in physical activity and have been deemed clinically significant on physical functioning measures (Fong et al.,
The job I plan on pursuing with kinesiology as my major is to become a physical therapist, which is also known as PT. Their main duty is helping patients rehabilitate with disabling injuries such as fractures, arthritis and low-back pain. Their duty is to help patients their relieve pain, increase mobility, and decrease long-term physical disabilities. Physical therapists focus on the evaluation of strength, balance, range of motion, co-ordination, endurance, and posture of each individual patient. Their patients can range from different age groups from infants to grandparents. The age group would provide a variety of therapeutic exercises for each of the health issues they would have. Depending on their age, the therapist would decide which would be the appropriate exercise for their injury. Although people could have the same injury as another person, the therapy would be different for one other since everyone has a different and unique body. The age of the person will also affect the factor of therapy for the injury since a person’s activity usually diminishes throughout the course of their aging.
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Physical therapists can either specialize in specific areas, like paralysis or orthopedics, or they can treat a broad range of needs. Physical therapy is divided into three basic categories: acute care, neuro-rehab, and outpatient physical therapy. I am particularly interested in acute care, which involves treating patients in the hospital setting. Acute care involves treating patients following surgery, restoring patients' physical activity following an accident or illness, and helping patients to overcome disabilities. Teaching home exercises, preparing rehab programs, and explaining how to use assistive devices are the acute care therapist's main jobs. On the other hand, neuro-rehab physical therapists deal with patients who have long-term injuries, such as spinal cord injuries. Finally, outpatient physical therapists are usually self-employed and generally treat patients in the home. ("Information" 7) All three types of physical therapists perform the same general tasks. The goal of physical therapy is to help patien...
Physical therapy can help seniors regain their independence. The goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain, and increase flexibility and mobility for better strength of the body. The article “The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors,” says that as people tend to age they lose strength, flexibility, and balance. Going to a Physical Therapist will help improve and strengthen these weakened areas in the body. The elderly suffer from Osteoporosis which is a bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, which can increase the risk of
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