Sohail Shayfer, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Encino, CA
Occupational therapy involves helping you heal and restore physical function, so you can get back to your daily routine. Since it’s common to need occupational injury after an injury or orthopedic surgery, or because you have a chronic degenerative condition (like arthritis), book an evaluation at Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc. in Encino, California. Dr. Sohail Shayfer often pairs orthopedic treatments with occupational therapy, so you’re more likely to have a full recovery. Click on the online scheduling feature to book your exam or call the clinic.
Occupational Therapy Q & A
Why do I need occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) is a treatment process that emphasizes not just healing, but also helping to restore your physical, sensory, and cognitive functions. This allows you to get back to your regular daily activities and work, with as few limitations as possible (if any). You might need occupational therapy if you have:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Shoulder problems
- Joint replacement
Occupational therapy is also often a part of surgical rehabilitation. If you needed a surgical reduction for a bone fracture in your wrist, for instance, occupational therapy helps you regain your hand and wrist strength and rebuild your fine motor skills.
What happens during occupational therapy?
Your occupational therapy sessions are tailored to your overall health, specific injury or condition, and how quickly you improve. Before getting started, you meet with your occupational therapist and have a comprehensive evaluation. They need to evaluate your medical records, measure your range of motion, and evaluate your pain and physical limitations.
After your initial evaluation, you start having regular occupational therapy sessions. Your visits may include:
- Teaching you to use assistive devices, like wheelchairs
- Showing you new ways to perform daily tasks, like tying your shoes
- Helping you learn to prevent future falls and injuries
- Working on improving fine motor skills
Since your occupational therapy sessions are entirely individualized to your needs and progression, no two visits are exactly the same.
How many occupational therapy sessions do I need?
During your initial occupational therapy evaluation at Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc., you’re going to find out about how many sessions you’re probably going to need. It’s common to have 2-3 occupational therapy sessions weekly, for at least a couple months.
If you have a severe injury or disability, you might need occupational therapy sessions several times a week for 6-9 months (possibly more). Dr. Shayfer evaluates you regularly to see how you’re progressing and can adjust your treatment plan as needed.
If you need occupational therapy to recover from a severe injury or chronic condition, schedule an evaluation at Sohail Shayfer, MD Inc. Book online or over the phone.