January 2017 - ApoKOS Rehabilitation
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The Role of Occupational Therapist in Rehabilitation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The primary aim of rehabilitation is to ensure that patients lead an independent and contented life. Patients often seek rehabilitative care, after their visit to the hospital, so that they can regain independence. With occupational therapy, recovering and developing skills required for performing activities of daily living independently or with minimal assistance becomes possible. Occupational therapy can be immensely beneficial for patients who are recovering from spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries, patients having developmental delays, and patients undergoing upper limb surgeries. Some of the positive aspects when it comes to this intensive rehabilitation therapy are mentioned below – The patients first receive therapy that helps in recovery of functions in weak upper limbs. Patients, in whom regaining function in upper limbs is not possible, are taught compensatory techniques to perform their functions with the better hand with the use of assistive devices. Therapists help patients to adapt and work in different environments and settings. Aiding patients in engaging and adapting themselves in varied activities is essential for the rehab specialists. Children having developmental issues and who are affected by behavioral issues like autism and attention deficit hyperactive disorder are immensely benefitted by sensory integration techniques, applied behavioral...
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Points to consider for choosing the right Mobility Assistive Device

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Mobility Assisting Equipment like crutches, walkers, canes, electronic and manual wheelchairs are an essential part of rehabilitation. Be it a severe neurological condition or an orthopedic injury, rehabilitation experts will prescribe patients the appropriate mobility device for early and safe mobility of the patient. This vital piece of equipment is important for the health and independence of patients. The selection of this equipment depends on certain factors based on the patient’s – Cognitive aspects Current functional status Past and current medical history Recent changes in their medical condition The rehab team will select the optimal mobility assistive device for patients, after considering the environment in which they will be using it. Taking into consideration the patient’s mobility limitations and their impact on activities of daily living, here are a few essential points - Physicians will assess and examine patient’s strength and range of motion of his joints. This is because cases of spasticity, joint abnormalities, weakness, and contractures affect their ability to ambulate and transfer safely. A crutch, cane , or walker is advised after taking in account the height , strength of upper extremity muscles and available range of motion of joints . Crucial features of the wheelchair...
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