Melissa Kerkhove was born on July 28, 2004 after what seemed to be a normal labor and delivery. From the get go I questioned if she was OK. She slept from birth 10-12 hours straight without eating. She had very poor head control and she would always try to arch her head back. She was [...]
Melissa currently receives Occupational Therapy 1 x a week for 45 minutes.
Occupational Therapy is a health care profession that is concerned with restoring useful physical functionality following disabling accidents and sickness. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the patient in achieving the maximum level of independent function. Patients include persons suffering from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, head injuries, amputations, burns, hand injuries, people with visual, auditory and speech problems. The primary tool of the occupational therapists is the active involvement of the patient in therapeutic tasks and activities which, while improving function, help the patient learn to apply the newly restored or impaired function in meeting.
UPPER EXTREMITY REHABILITATION: Upper extremity rehabilitation is for patients who have affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, burns, fractures, tendon injuries nerve injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, joint injuries, amputations, brachial plexus injuries, implants and re-plantation of limbs, hands and fingers. Therapy can begin starting within days of an injury or surgery, with an emphasis on reducing pain and swelling. Once the pain and swelling are under control, therapy focuses on rehabilitation using splints, exercises, sensory re-education, and training through adaptive methods. The result of therapy is patient’s successful return to work and living a full and productive life. PHYSICAL DISABILITIES REHABILITATION:Physical disability rehabilitation is tor patients who suffer from strokes, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, and head injuries. The goal of therapy is to maximize the patient’s ability to live life to the fullest extent possible. Therapy focuses on teaching the patient to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating. Adaptive equipment may be incorporated to enhance or modify performance in personal care, home management, meal preparation, and work or leisure activities. For more information about how to recieve services for occupational therapy contact your local Birth-to-3, Easter Seals, or school district.