Due to hurricane damage, the Havelock location is closed until further notice. Havelock therapists Hannah Zhang, Sarah Hall and Judy Hickes are available to see patients at the New Bern location. Please call the New Bern location at (252) 636-9800 to discuss your care.

We were asked three questions about occupational therapy, and here’s what we answered

Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a specific type of rehabilitation that aims to help patients who are disabled or developmentally challenged live a full and independent life. This may involve training patients on simple tasks like dressing themselves or holding utensils for eating and writing. In the case of patients who have suffered a stroke, occupational therapy will provide speech rehabilitation. While occupational therapy can be used to help patients return to or hold a job, it is not necessarily work-related physical therapy.

What kind of conditions does occupational therapy treat?

Occupational therapy is a large category that treats a wide array of patients and conditions. Some examples of patients where occupational therapy would be beneficial are:

  • A stroke patient who needs to learn to dress using only one side of the body
  • An amputee who relearns to walk using a prosthetic limb
  • A child with developmental disabilities who needs to integrate and socialize in school
  • A patient with physical impairments learning to use modified tools to eat and write

How long will it take me to get better with occupational therapy?

Every patient and condition is different, and each person responds differently to treatment. The occupational therapist will perform a thorough evaluation on your first visit to develop a treatment plan based on your goals and needs. He or she can set a realistic timeline for what you can expect in your rehabilitation.

For example, stroke patients will typically see the most improvement in the first three to four months of treatment, but can still continue to get better over a year after the stroke. For patients with permanent disabilities, milestones can still be set for when patients would want to be able to do certain things independently like drive a car or return to work. The biggest variable in how long it takes to make progress with occupational therapy is how much effort is put in by the patient.

Scheduling occupational therapy with Peak Performance

Peak Performance has caring and dedicated occupational therapists that want to help patients live their full and independent lives. Contact us today to set up your initial appointment and discuss how occupational therapy can help improve your quality of life.