Who Needs Occupational Therapy and Why?

The NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy defines the practice of occupational therapy (OT), as, “a health profession whose goal is to help people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives.” Occupational therapists work with people of all ages from premature babies to seniors of advanced ages.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational therapists treat injured patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.”

Your primary care physician can make a referral for occupational therapy if there are concerns that you may not be able to complete daily living skills at home or work-related duties. Red Fox Rehab, lists the following five red flags that physicians can look for to refer a patient for OT:

  1. Weak handshake.
  2. Complaints of losing hobbies.
  3. Unable to sit on exam table without support.
  4. Disheveled appearance.
  5. Repetitive questioning or phrases.

To schedule an annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.

Source: https://steinhardt.nyu.edu/ot/definition