Buttoning a shirt, feeding yourself, and brushing your hair are daily activities we take for granted. But for someone recovering from a stroke, injury, or surgery, these seemingly simple tasks can be challenging. NewYork-Presbyterian’s occupational therapists help you relearn the skills of daily living, such as taking care of yourself, getting dressed, writing, regaining balance and coordination, and using supportive equipment. Through care overseen by a physiatrist (rehabilitation medicine physician) or another doctor, occupational therapists enable you to lead an independent, productive, and satisfying life. Treatment is available for hospital inpatients as well as on an outpatient basis at a variety of locations.
About Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapists help people live independent, productive, and satisfying lives. They are specially trained and credentialed in the field and rely on evidence-based practices to improve your function. Occupational therapists hold master’s degrees and are certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. NewYork-Presbyterian’s occupational therapists are compassionate, skilled individuals who work as important members of your healthcare team.
Who May Benefit from Occupational Therapy?
Anyone who is challenged by the activities of daily living or life management stands to benefit from occupational therapy, including those recovering from or living with:
- Arthritis and other causes of joint stiffness and discomfort
- Balance and coordination problems
- Cancer diagnoses
- Congenital disorders (birth defects) affecting mobility and coordination
- Joint replacement and other orthopedic surgeries
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuropathy and other nerve discomfort
- Parkinson’s disease, tremors, cerebral palsy, and other movement disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
How Long Does Occupational Therapy Take?
The length of each of your sessions and your total care depends on the reason you are receiving occupational therapy, your overall health, and your progress. Your doctor and occupational therapist will give you an idea of what to expect when you begin receiving therapy, as well as throughout your treatment. It’s important to do any home exercises your therapist teaches you; doing so will help you improve more quickly.
For Outpatient Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy appointments,