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What does occupational therapy help patients with a spinal cord injury to accomplish?

What does occupational therapy help patients with a spinal cord injury to accomplish?

Sarah Harrison, OT

Occupational Therapist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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It helps the patients become as independent as possible. It might be learning basic self-care needs. We also help get patients back to doing what they love to do. So, if a patient is an artist, and they no longer have hand function, how are we going ... Show More

It helps the patients become as independent as possible. It might be learning basic self-care needs. We also help get patients back to doing what they love to do. So, if a patient is an artist, and they no longer have hand function, how are we going to problem solve through that, how are we going to get them back to doing what they love to do? I had a patient that was a drummer, and that had limited hand dexterity, and we figured out how to adapt batting gloves to hold drumsticks so he could go back to playing the drums. I’ve had patients who were musicians and couldn’t play the guitar any more, so they found their creative outlet through art and helping them problem solve: “How am I going to paint or draw?” And they’ve developed amazing pieces of artwork. So returning back to their jobs or returning to the major roles life—looking at, “How am I going to take care of my child again?”—helping them get really back to the things that are meaningful for them, it’s awesome.

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What does occupational therapy help patients with a spinal cord injury to accomplish?

Sarah Harrison, OT

Occupational Therapist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Sarah Harrison
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It helps the patients become as independent as possible. It might be learning basic self-care needs. We also help get patients back to doing what they love to do. So, if a patient is an artist, and they no longer have hand function, how are we going to problem solve through that, how are we going to get them back to doing what they love to do? I had a patient that was a drummer, and that had limited hand dexterity, and we figured out how to adapt batting gloves to hold drumsticks so he could go back to playing the drums. I’ve had patients who were musicians and couldn’t play the guitar any more, so they found their creative outlet through art and helping them problem solve: “How am I going to paint or draw?” And they’ve developed amazing pieces of artwork. So returning back to their jobs or returning to the major roles life—looking at, “How am I going to take care of my child again?”—helping them get really back to the things that are meaningful for them, it’s awesome.

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