April is for Occupational Therapy

Since 1980, the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) has annually celebrated occupational therapy and the therapists who help improve the lives of their patients.

Occupational therapy (OT) helps injured workers resume daily work activities using rehabilitation tasks and movements that approximate their job duties. Occupational therapists help injured workers regain the skills they need to return to work, while also working with employers to identify modifications in the work environment or job duties that can accommodate any limitations the returning worker may possess – whether those limitations are of a temporary or more permanent nature.

Physical therapy (PT) and OT are often confused or get lumped together – but each has important distinctions. PT works on improving the injured individual’s physical strength, movement and functionality, whereas occupational therapists go beyond increasing endurance and range of motion to adapt the work environment and specific tasks to the injured worker’s residual level of functioning. With the two disciplines working together, PT and OT form a valuable part of any rehabilitation program that can help speed the injured individual’s return to work, reduce incidents of re-injury in the recovery and return-to-work process, and increase the chances for continued success once the return-to-work occurs.

KeyScripts maintains a national network of physical medicine providers – including occupational therapists – who follow the care and treatment protocols found in the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG), and those set forth by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).