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A Salute to Occupational Therapists

Published April 24, 2014 11:37 AM by Michael Kelley

April is National Occupational Therapy Month, so I'm devoting this week's blog to honoring all occupational therapists and the great work that they do!

In PT school, I don't remember learning a lot about OTs. During my clinical rotations I had the opportunity to work with OTs on occasion, but never actually followed any OTs around and observed them for an entire day or anything. Once I started working though, geez, it's amazing everything they do. I've been thinking the last couple of days about how valued OTs are in my hospital system. The line that keeps running through my head is, "I don't know how we would survive without them!"

We all know that often PT and OT get generalized into a lower-extremity vs. upper-extremity dichotomy. First let me say that if this were the case, then I'm sure glad the OTs got the upper extremity because pathologies of the hand are something that have always perplexed me! But secondly, I have to say that just as PTs are more than just rehabbers of the lower extremity, OTs certainly treat a lot more than just the upper extremity.

In our acute setting, OTs cover a seemingly endless list of duties including ADL training (dressing, bathing, toileting etc.), splinting, upper-extremity post-surgical rehab, vision assessments, cognitive/safety assessments, edema management, vestibular rehab etc. I've had a good opportunity since starting at my hospital to work hand-in-hand with the OTs in a number of these areas and I can honestly say that the work they do is nothing short of exceptional.

So to all the OTs out there, happy OT month! Keep up the great work.


And now, if you'll permit me, here's a quick follow-up now to last week's blog about the Boston Marathon. WHAT A RACE! I was fortunate to have the day off work, so I was able to watch the live feed of the race online (and no, I did not take the day off just to watch the race!).

Rita Jeptoo of Kenya set a course record and won her second consecutive Boston Marathon, running away from the elite women's field with 3 miles to go. And on the men's side, for the first time since 1983 an American won the race! Meb Keflezighi held off a late charge by several Kenyans to win by 11 seconds, and at the age of 38, set a new personal record! My heart was racing as they came into the finish line -- the massive crowds on Boylston Street cheering, Meb looking over his shoulder, pumping his fist, knowing he had it. Man it was awesome to watch.

I know I've been kind of a nerd about this lately, but if you want to know why I think the running community is so awesome, just read this Huffington Post article and you'll understand.

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its really great, first of all i would like to thanks a lot for appreciating our work. more PT also do work, every profession has its own importance & being a professional one should not underestimate any other profession. Rest is oky I am occupational Therapist form India, presently working in Mental health setup in my country only.

Gautam kumar, Mental Health - OT June 19, 2014 6:13 AM
India IN

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