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THE GIFT OF GETTING BACK TO LIFE

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Sarasota Orthopedic Associate’s Occupational Therapy Department continues celebrating National OT Month. To commemorate we are sharing a case study of one of our Occupational Therapy Star graduates.

Matthew exemplifies how Occupational Therapy can help patients get “back on your feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life”, the SOA mission statement. Matthew is a 28 year old male who was injured at work as an Ocean Rescue Lifeguard. An injury to his cervical spine was a result from practicing dolphin dives as part of a work training exercise.  He experienced temporary paralysis in all four  extremities from his spinal cord compression and  underwent emergency surgery to fuse his neck from C3 to C5.

Matthew was then referred  for inpatient therapy immediately following his surgery to begin his long rehabilitation. Once stabilized, he was discharged home and referred to outpatient Occupational and Physical Therapy.  On his first visit at SOA, he presented as a very motivated, hopeful young man despite his multiple deficits.  His cervical spine was stabilized in a neck brace, and he was able to walk with a rolling walker.  He required assistance to stabilize his balance while his upper extremities were assessed.

The OT/PT team found Matthew to have limited range of motion of his arms, significant weakness, both gross motor and fine motor coordination deficits, and sensory deficits. Initially, Matthew was able to do his own basic self-care with extra time, utilizing adaptive equipment, like a reacher/grabber, shower chair, and grab bars. Basic functions of cutting food and driving were not possible and he was lucky enough to reside with his parents as he recovered.

After careful assessment of his strengths and deficits, his Occupational Therapist derived a plan of care to return him to independent living. Through Mathew’s diligence with his home exercise program and his motivation and positive outlook, he is now walking on his own and performing all of his self-care with improved efficiency.  His goal is to return to work, be able to paddle his rescue board out a quarter mile to a predestined location, dive down 20 feet, grab a handful of sand, and emerge a new, stronger man. Matthew wants to be ready to pursue his passion… rescuing others in need.  “I want to get back to doing what I love.”

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy is available at all three locations. If you would like an appointment please go to our website at www.SOA.md to schedule online, or call us at 941.951.BONE. We are able to accommodate same day appointments when needed.

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Article submitted by Vivian Robinson, OT, CHT at SOA.

A REASON TO CELEBRATE

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month … that may not mean much to you now, but very likely it will someday in your future. This year’s theme is living life to its fullest! An Occupational Therapist can help with common upper extremity and hand conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, or repetitive strain which could limit you from doing the activities you enjoy.

So what does an Occupational Therapist do?

After assessing your condition in collaboration with your orthopedic physician, we establish a treatment plan to improve flexibility and strength, recommend and fabricate an orthosis to support the joints of the wrist, hand, or fingers to reduce pain/swelling during activities, and educate you on joint protection techniques to reduce wear and tear of the joints during daily activities.

An Occupational Therapist may also help with rehabilitation after traumatic injuries such as fractures and tendon/nerve injuries. Most important, they provide customized, one-on-one care to help you achieve the best outcome.

What training is required to become an Occupational Therapist? More than you think.  While master’s and doctoral degree programs are common, some colleges also offer combined bachelor and master’s degrees in occupational therapy. There is a focus on general anatomy, the nervous system, physiology, movement, activity, and trends in rehabilitation techniques. A certification process must also be completed before receiving state licensure.

AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) describes an OT visit as:

  • Individualized evaluation where patient goals are determined by patient and therapist
  • Customized intervention to improve ability to return to daily activity
  • Outcome evaluation to ensure goals are met, or, changes are made to the plan

If you have a physical condition keeping you from living life to its fullest, the Occupational Therapists at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates can help. For an appointment, call 941.951.BONE or schedule through our website at www.SOA.md. We have locations in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, and Venice. Our mission is to get you back on your feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

THE NOT-SO-SCARY TRUTH ABOUT PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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Our team of Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates know that when you come in for your therapy it can be a bit unsettling and you may have several questions for us:

  • What are they going to do to me?
  • Can they really help me?
  • Do they understand what has happened to me?

The physical therapy facilities at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates are a safe, comfortable place to help you not only recover from an injury but help you learn and understand how to maintain the improvements you’ve gained after a life altering event.

Our physical therapy staff is comprised of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and occupational therapists all with unique talents to help you on your way back to a healthy life. The physical therapy team specializes in athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation, vertigo treatment, manual therapy treatments to the spine, McKenzie spinal extension programs, and gait and balance deficits. At the Bahia Vista office, our therapists specialize in aquatic rehabilitation as well. Our occupational therapists are proficient in orthotic fabrication and management and we have certified hand therapists to help you regain one of your most useful tools … your hands.

Rest assured that when you come to the physical therapy team at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, our collaborative team approach will get you back to your best functioning state as soon as possible. We have three convenient locations and offer same/next day appointments when needed. Our mission is to get our patients back on their feet, back to work, back in the game, and back to life.

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THUMBS UP ON EASING YOUR THUMB PAIN

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At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates we are often asked, “My thumb hurts, is this part of aging? Must I live with it or can something be done?” The good news is a resounding YES THERE IS HELP and treatment is typically non-invasive.

Thumb pain is common among females over the age of 50. It can occur as a result of several factors: family history, repetitive pinching, twisting and turning activities, and history of trauma to the thumb. One of the most common joints in the hand to develop osteoarthritis is the thumb. In osteoarthritis there is gradual reduction of joint space. As we continue use of our hands, small muscles around the basal joint of the thumb work hard to compensate for instability. Ligaments also tend to show changes. The wear and tear of the joint exacerbates pain intensity resulting in patients modifying the way they pinch and/or delegating activities or worse, simply giving up on activities they enjoy.

Symptoms of thumb arthritis can be pain with pinching or gripping activities. Usually patients experience pain while turning keys/door knobs, writing or typing, and opening jars or lids. Pain might also occur during rest.

Treatment for thumb arthritis can be operative or non-operative. Non-operative measures could include cortisone injection for pain reduction or a consultation with a hand therapist.

At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, hand therapy consultation includes comprehensive evaluation to understand the activities that cause pain. It also includes measuring the range of motion and strength in both hands. Your hand therapist might fabricate a customized brace to rest the affected joints. Patient education is the most important part of treatment. Our hand therapists will educate you on various pain management strategies, activity modification, or a customized brace to immobilize the wear and tear on the joints. If range of motion is affected we can teach stretching and dynamic stabilization exercises to strengthen the small muscles of hand. Additionally, there are joint protection techniques to reduce stress in the affected joints.

Success of conservative management depends on several factors such as intensity of the arthritis and patient compliance in following through with the therapist recommendations.

Don’t give up on your thumb discomfort. Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has Certified Hand Therapists in all of our three locations.  Check out our website at www.SOA.md where you may make an appointment online or call 941-951-2663. We offer same day appointments when necessary.

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