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The Role of the Occupational Therapist


  • Evaluates level of independence with activities of daily living.
  • Evaluates upper extremity status such as pain, weakness, edema or range of motion limitations.
  • Provides education and community resources for adaptive equipment or durable medical equipment to increase independence with feeding, grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting, work-related tasks and/or driving skills.
  • Provides appropriate orthotics, positioning techniques or range of motion exercises to increase range of motion and reduce pain and/or edema in the upper extremities.
  • Educates patients and caregivers on compensatory strategies to provide optimum performance in areas of self-care, energy conservation and upper extremity home exercise programs.

Megan Hite, OTR/L