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What is occupational medicine?
Occupational medicine is a type of medicine that deals with the prevention, treatment, and resolution of injuries and illnesses that are job or workplace related. Physicians trained in occupational medicine can be more skilled than regular physicians in this area as they are knowledgeable and up to date on current workforce safety guidelines like Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and can make the best treatment plans accordingly. These physicians often work in concert with employers to keep employees safe and healthy.
What is a pediatric occupational therapist?
A pediatric occupational therapist deals primarily with children. They provide therapies to children who may have a variety of needs , including learning disabilities, sensory issues, physical trauma or disabilities, difficulty with fine-motor skills, and social issues. They help the child by treating their limitations or disability, while fostering increased self-esteem through treatments leading to growth and development. Some pediatric OTs work within school districts, and their costs are usually covered through the district.
How much does it cost to see an occupational therapist?
The cost to see an occupational therapist (OT) will depend on several factors. Since most bill on an hourly basis, an initial consultation can run you from $100 to $250. Once you begin seeing an OT, you will be billed based on that hourly rate. The types of service needed, and things like travel and other specialty services can factor into costs. Insurance can offset a lot of these costs, so consult your policy or insurance provider for specifics on your coverage range and out-of-pocket costs.
What types of conditions do occupational therapists treat?
Occupational therapists work with people who have a variety of conditions, including work-related injuries, amputees and people with prosthetics, stroke and heart attack victims, head injury victims, burns and spinal cord trauma. They can treat most major physical trauma victims (note - they are not physical therapists) and those with permanent disabilities. They also work with people with mental health issues. It is not just for adults, but also for kids needing to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and/or fine motor skills. It is a common therapy to elevate and improve self-esteem for many kids who have these issues.
What is an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist works with individuals of all ages who require specialized assistance in order to lead productive and satisfying lives. These individuals might suffer from emotional, physical, social, or developmental issues.
What should I expect from a physical therapy consultation?
At the first appointment with a physical therapist, Expect an overall assessment of your condition, which may include exercises to understand your range of motion, balance, and strength. Based on that information, the therapist can then design a regimen.
Do physical therapists make house calls?
Physical therapists can work in a variety of environments. While many choose to work in a physical therapy clinic, others will operate out of hospitals and are also able to make house calls to help patients who need in-home assistance and rehabilitation.
What are some physical therapy specialties?
Physical therapists can specialize in sports medicine, women's health, geriatric, neurologic, orthopedic, pediatric, and cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, among others.
When should someone go see a physical therapist?
See a physical therapist following a serious muscle or bone injury, especially if pain doesn't go away within a few days, is recurring and dull, or is frequent and sharp. Book an appointment if medication is not helping or if your doctor recommends it.
Does medical insurance cover physical therapy?
The majority of health insurance plans do include physical therapy treatment, but the amount covered and the co-pay for patients varies person-to-person. Medicare and workers’ compensation both cover physical therapy.