Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

by TOI Admin April 14, 2016

The month of April is designated as Occupational Therapy Month by the American Occupational Therapy Association to call attention to the important role occupational therapists play in patient care. Occupational therapists are part of an important profession to help patients participate in certain tasks they want and need to accomplish through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Occupational therapists focus on treatment to help develop, recover and maintain the daily skills of patients with specialized services and support. TOI would like to give a special thank you to its hand therapy staff at all of its locations! 

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Hand | hand therapy

9 Facts About Bones

by TOI Admin March 1, 2016


Infographic courtesy of DailyRandomFacts.com

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bones | Foot & Ankle | Hand

World Arthritis Day! #WADHigh5

by TOI Admin October 12, 2015

World Arthritis Day (WAD) is...

A global initiative bringing people together to raise awareness of issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). WAD is recognized every year on October 12!  

Did you know?

RMDs can affect people of all ages including children and babies and if not treated appropriately, daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, cooking and personal hygiene and working are affected – reducing quality of life and impacting on physicalabilities[1],[2]

The prevalence of clinical anxiety and depression in those with RMDs is about twice that seen in the general population

Here's what YOU can do...

High 5 for World Arthritis Day’ forms part of the wider two-year World Arthritis Day campaign: 'It's in your hands, take action'. Our aim is to encourage people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) along with their families and friends, carers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers, researchers and the general public to seize every opportunity to make a difference to the quality of life of people with RMDs. 

Take action by sharing virtual High 5s on social media until end of October. uSE #WADHigh5



[1]. 10 things you should know about rheumatic diseases fact sheet. EULAR. Available at: http://www.eular.org/myUploadData/files/10%20things%20on%20RD.pdf

[2]. Physical activities and exercises for people with RMDs fact sheet. World Arthritis Day. Available at: http://www.worldarthritisday.org/resources/documents/get-expert-advice-on-physical.pdf

Bone and Joint Action Week

by TOI Admin October 9, 2015

Overview

An annual global event, Bone and Joint Action Week is held October 12-20 with activities focused on disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. The events and projects organized by individuals and organizations worldwide are designed to raise awareness of prevention, disease management and treatments as well as advances in a number of areas.

You will find activities to do and ways to become better informed below. But before that, take a look at some facts:

  • More than half the American population over the age of 18 - 54 percent - are affected by musculoskeletal (bone and joint) conditions, according to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States.(1)
  • One in three (33%) people over the age of 18 required medical care for a musculoskeletal condition in each of the years 2009 to 2011, a 19% increase over the last decade.(2)
  • Bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds of millions of people.(3)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions include back pain, arthritis, traumatic injuries, osteoporosis, spinal deformity, and childhood conditions.
  • The global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy and changes in risk factors unless new treatments and preventive measures are found.
  • Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life. Treatment and lost wage costs associated with musculoskeletal diseases in the U.S. alone was estimated at $874 billion in 2009 to 2011 - equal to 5.73 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).(2)
  • Research funding is currently less than 2 percent of the National Institutes of Health annual budget, and continues to decline each year despite the high costs associated with injuries, arthritis, and back pain.
  • Since 2011, when "Baby Boomers" became beneficiaries of Medicare, the economic and societal cost of bone and joint health escalated and is expected to continue for decades.

Now is the time to raise awareness - and the reason for Bone and Joint Action Week.

In addition to activities throughout the week, there are five special days during Action Week.

  • October 12 - World Arthritis Day
  • October 16 - World Spine Day
  • October 17 - World Trauma Day
  • October 19 - World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day
  • October 20 - World Osteoporosis Day

You’re in Safe Hands: Happy Occupational Therapy Month

by TOI Admin April 15, 2015

April is Ocupational Therapy (OT) Month! TOI would like to wish our Hand Therapists, Technicians, and Staff a very Happy OT Month!

Thank you for all you do to help our patients rehabilitate their hands to better perform the activities of their daily lives. Our patients can rest assured that their hands fit safely in ours. 

We would like to recognize our Occupational Therapy Staff:

Therapists

Technicians

Staff

Kailey Bedford

Tammi Wilson

Lisa Hagan

Michelle Maddux

Kirsten Courtney

Beverly Lasseter

Rachel Williams

Stephanie Maddox

Lauren Trahan

Kerri Kitchens

Krystle Holdaway

Brittany Yearout

Kelley Oyenarte

 

Ariel Harrison 

Vicki Arcaya

 

Samantha Bruce

Ali Damico

 

Carol Clanton

Natalie Doyle

   

 

About Occupational Therapy for the Hands

Occupational therapy (OT) enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. Hand therapy, a specialty practice area of occupational therapy, is typically concerned with treating orthopedic-based upper-extremity conditions to optimize the functional use of the hand and arm.

Conditions seen by the occupational therapy practitioner specializing in this area include fractures of the hand or arm, lacerations and amputations, burns, and surgical repairs of tendons and nerves. Acquired conditions such as tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome also are treated by hand specialists.

The ultimate goal of occupation-based hand therapy is to ensure that the rehabilitation process promotes healing while also enabling clients to perform meaningful activities both in the clinic and in their daily lives. This approach fosters positive outcomes for clients, including enhancing their satisfaction with the therapy experience and results, maintaining the ability to engage in desired roles within their family and the community, and most importantly, experiencing quality of life as they define it.

1 Developed by Debbie Amini, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, for the American Occupational Therapy Association. Copyright © 2011 by the American Occupational Therapy Association. 

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