occupational therapy burns

Occupational Therapy’s Role Working with the Burn Patient Population

Depending on the severity of the case, burns can be the root of all-encompassing disruption in a person’s life. We’re talking about physical, emotional, and psychological trauma that can last a person’s lifetime. Burns can also exacerbate other comorbidities that patients may have been living with prior to their newly acquired injuries. Burn injuries can […]

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25 OT Frames of Reference: A Quick Overview for Students and Practitioners

The occupational therapy discipline is built on several foundational theories that are fascinating, but they can also feel drawn out and extremely challenging to digest. So, we have decided to assist OT students and OT practitioners by providing summarized highlights of the OT frames of reference all in one place. But first, let’s get past […]

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Self-Care Tips & Strategies for Occupational Therapists and Students

According to U.S. News, Occupational Therapy as a profession ranks #20 in the best healthcare jobs overall. Their rankings are based on a full assessment of salary and work-life balance that the jobs provide. All things considered, that’s a pretty good ranking compared to the wide array of possible healthcare jobs available in the U.S. […]

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Occupational Therapy and Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment Tips and Strategies

When working in occupational therapy, have you noticed as you gain clinical experience that there is no “one size fits all” approach to OT intervention, particularly with patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS)? Although these patients share a common diagnostic code, there is so much underlying variation in how MS affects their lives. With that […]

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Tips for OTs Working with Patients Post-Total Shoulder Replacement

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, approximately 53,000 people per year undergo surgery for a shoulder replacement in the United States (OrthoInfo, 2023). Although this number is quite small compared to the 900,000+ people per year who go in for hip and knee replacements, this means occupational therapy practitioners working in joint […]

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adaptive equipment for ot

Our List of “Must-Know” Adaptive Equipment for OT Practitioners

Whether you are an OT working with a young child with cerebral palsy or an aging adult with multiple sclerosis, adaptive equipment has its place in occupational therapy intervention across the lifespan and for multiple health-related conditions. For OT students or new graduates, incorporating adaptive equipment education into therapy may seem overwhelming at first…simply because […]

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How to Score a Career as an International Occupational Therapist

As occupational therapists, we are instructed to constantly think outside of the box when coordinating and designing our patients’ therapy interventions. We come to better understand our patients/clients if we strongly acknowledge our patient’s goals and lifestyle needs within their own environment. However, we are unable to fully comprehend individuals’ lifestyles and cultural influences by […]

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Therapeutic Use of Self: What Does That Even Mean for OTs?

For occupational therapy students who are just barely diving into their OT program’s studies, concrete and unchanging topics such as medical terminology are much more understandable than intangible concepts. At least in some OT graduate programs, we can physically see and touch the terms through cadaver labs and dissection. It is why the medical model […]

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