Occupational Therapy

Goal-Oriented Rehabilitation Program

Injuries and certain medical conditions can render a person unable to do their job, participate in hobbies, or live independently. Rehabilitation programs are designed to help patients overcome these limitations so that they can resume a normal lifestyle. While physical therapy helps patients manage their condition as a whole, occupational therapy is focused specifically on regaining the ability to perform specific tasks.

Occupational therapy is often recommended for patients suffering from disabilities caused by the following:

  • Cancer
  • Birth injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Autism
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Burns
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis

Occupational therapists at Allied Services Integrated Health System work closely with patients to create specific, goal-oriented rehabilitation programs. Depending on a patient’s condition and lifestyle, different people will have different agendas for physical therapy. For example, someone with a hand injury who needs to use a computer for their job will likely make relearning typing a high priority for their program. We are committed to helping each patient achieve their unique goals.

What to Expect

Occupational therapy begins with a meeting and assessment between patients and their therapist. This is the patient’s opportunity to talk about how their condition has affected their lives. It is important to speak up and tell the occupational therapist what activities are most important to the patient’s day-to-day life so that the therapist can create a treatment plan with those goals in mind.

With the initial assessment completed, patients will regularly meet with their occupational therapist. During these sessions, they will learn new exercises designed to restore function and independence. In certain situations, it may be helpful for the occupational therapist to visit the patient’s home or work environment in order to better direct treatment towards specific goals. If it impossible for a patient to perform certain tasks the way they used to, the therapist can help them find alternative methods of completing these activities.

To learn more about occupational therapy at Allied Services Integrated Health System, contact us today.

For specific questions on how to obtain a referral, please call 570-826-3900 (Wilkes-Barre) or 570-348-1360 (Scranton). Contact us to learn more or start your referral process today.

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