There is an old adage that says, what you do is who you are. However, certain diseases or unfortunate accidents may completely or temporarily hinder you from doing what you are supposed to be doing. Occupation is defined as anything people do to occupy themselves. It may be as simple as looking after yourself (self-care) or as common as contributing to the economic activities of your community (work). So what to do when you can no longer perform your occupation?

A good option is to undergo Occupational Therapy which is administered to assist people having disability or difficulty fulfilling their occupation. Now this type of therapy is usually holistic in approach (meaning: various factors and disciplines are involved) in order for it to fully work.

A simple illustration would be an office typist who can no longer work due to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). To address the problem and to make the typist regain his ability to type, the cause of the problem will be clearly defined and then solutions or alternative options will be provided. The therapy may involve psychological, social, and physical treatments. Thus, in occupational therapy program, several specialists shall work together in harmony to rehabilitate a patient.

Well-recognized in its field, Great Lakes Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has contributed Physical Therapy component in numerous Occupational Therapy Programs over the years. As orthopedic and sports medicine experts, the resident specialists at Great Lakes Orthopedics in Indiana will customize physical treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily tasks.

A particular example of a physical therapy program often conducted at Great Lakes is Hand Therapy. The latter is the art and science of rehabilitating the hand – indeed, the specific therapy can be instituted upon the above cited CTS-inflicted office typist. The Hand Therapy Indiana specialists at Great Lakes will work in synergy with the overall Occupational Therapy program. Ultimately, it is the goal of Great Lakes Orthopedics to help patients get back their necessary occupation skills so that they may again lead meaningful and satisfying lives.

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