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April is Occupational Therapy Month – Celebrate it All Year!

April 25, 2017 at midnight

For most of us, navigating everyday living is relatively plain sailing. However, life's journey is not so physically effortless for people who are disabled, who have suffered a serious injury, or have contracted a debilitating illness.

Occupational therapists are trained to help folks like this gain, or regain, not only the confidence, but also the skills they need to handle and overcome obstacles that get thrown in their path.

Since 1980, Occupational Therapy Month has been casting the spotlight on everything occupational therapy entails as well as on the people it helps and supports.

Occupational Therapy Month coincides with the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Annual Conference & Expo, held every April. This year's conference is being held in Philadelphia, and while thousands of therapists gather to discuss and showcase their work, it is the aim of Occupational Therapy Month to generate greater public awareness and interest in what these practitioners do.

Occupational therapy finds application in many different living situations, such as:

  • Helping a person recover from injuries to regain or learn basic life and work skills;
  • Assisting children with disabilities as they strive to participate in school and social activities;
  • Supporting older citizens wanting to retain an independent lifestyle, and
  • Providing specialized support to those living in exceptional circumstances e.g. amputees, or people with Alzheimer’s disease.

In fact, it's quite reasonable to assume you might be making use of an occupational therapist's expertise, or know of someone who does. Occupational Therapy Month is a great opportunity to acknowledge and recognize those who help people of all ages take on life's physical challenges.

If current statistics are anything to go by, more therapists are needed. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts job growth in the field of occupational therapy to increase by 27% until 2024, much faster than average job growth across the nation. This reflects the increasing need for occupational therapy in the United States, as well as its application in a wider range of situations.

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month, Texas Spine & Joint Hospital would like to recognize occupational therapists and thank them for the difference they make in people’s lives.

Through the combined expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialist, our hospital offers the most advanced treatment options currently available, in a supportive, compassionate and state-of-the-art environment. Stop in one of our many offices or give us a call to make your appointment today. “At Texas Spine & Joint Hospital, we don’t just treat the pain, we treat the patient.”



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