Occupational therapy practitioners play a critical part in helping people withupper-limb amputations resume meaningul activities.
How Common Is Upper-Limb Amputation?
Upper-limb amputations are most oten the result o sudden trauma to the body,although they also can be caused by malignancy, congenital defciencies, and vasculardisease. About 16,000 new upper-limb amputations occur annually, o which only2,000 are at or above the wrist.
A person aced with such a lie-altering changewill have to make many physical and psychological adjustments to be able to ullyparticipate in everyday lie.
How Does Occupational Therapy Beneft a Person WithUpper-Limb Amputation?
Occupational therapy is a critical rehabilitation component, providing support toindividuals and acilitating optimum perormance o daily lie activities as well asquality o lie. A therapeutic team that includes the skills o an occupational therapistor occupational therapy assistant will provide the client with the most successulrehabilitation and prosthetic training.Upper-limb amputation not only aects a person’s physical unctioning but also hisor her psychological and emotional well-being. Occupational therapy is integral to therehabilitation process or the person with an upper-limb amputation. Occupationaltherapy practitioners recognize the complexity o this condition and use a holisticapproach that emphasizes the client’s perspective—the roles and activities he orshe fnds meaningul, his or her personal experiences and values—in developingintervention plans and goals.Reaching the client’s goals is made easier through the occupational therapy practitioner’s unique ability to synthesizepsychosocial issues, physical strengths and abilities, and desire to participate in daily activities.The occupational therapy practitioner provides critical interventions, such as• identiying the client’s unctional goals, which can include sel-care, home management, work tasks, and leisure activities,and oering modifcations to complete these goals i required;• task analysis;• education;• prosthetic training; and• identiying and addressing psychosocial issues.
What Is the Role o an Occupational Therapy Practitioner With Upper-Limb Amputation?
An interdisciplinary team experienced in all aspects o amputee care—rom behavioral health to technology to prosthetic fttingand community reintegration—is critical to successul rehabilitation. The role o occupational therapy as part o the team is toprovide the client with adaptive techniques and strategies that enable him or her to regain the ability to participate in all desiredlie tasks.Occupational therapists identiy the client’s individual needs and goals and provide guidance to the rehabilitation team regardingpotential prosthetic options. Occupational therapy practitioners also provide training in the care and use o any prosthetic devicewhen and i that is prescribed.Occupational therapy intervention will vary according to individual needs, and phases o intervention may overlap, dependingon the person’s progress.Prosthetic options will be discussed with the client when he or she is deemed prepared or this inormation. Prosthetic optionscan be discussed pre-operatively in the case o elective amputations or at any time postoperatively, depending on the person’s
The Occupational Therapy Role in
Rehabilitation or the PersonWith an Upper-Limb Amputation
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