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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 know about alternative treatments and remedies for pain?
Several forms of pain management exist that are not approved typically treated by physicians or covered by health insurance plans. These include therapies like acupuncture, for example, or herbal preparations sold in stores. Before beginning any form of treatment or medication not approved by a doctor, it’s a good idea to still reach out to a physician or expert in alternative medicine for advice, or conduct some research online first.
How is pain management different for children?
Managing pain in children can be complicated, as kids may have more difficulty communicating their pain to doctors. Children also need to be more carefully monitored when taking most medications.
Will health insurance pay for pain management therapy?
Health insurance might cover a selection of approved pain management therapies. Every insurance plan is different, so patients should check with their provider to make sure.
How can pain management techniques be applied at home?
Patients might be instructed to continue therapy at home, either through regular exercise or specific treatment. Some people also find that getting frequent rest, taking warm baths or avoiding certain foods, for example, can help manage pain.
What are the risks and side effects of medication for pain management?
Side effects depend on the exact drugs and dosages used, as well as the disease being treated and many other factors. Some pain-relieving drugs, especially opioids, are known to cause drowsiness. Many antidepressants also cause a variety of adverse effects. Doctors must work closely with patients to minimize these side effects in the course of treatment.