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What is Occupational Therapy?

Concussion & Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a Master’s level regulated healthcare profession that focuses on promoting good health and wellbeing. Its primary goal is to help individuals develop necessary skills that maximize their ability to participate in the activities of daily life. This in turn greatly improves the quality of life for patients.
Occupational therapists use evidence-based practices to conduct assessment and formulate interventions that develop and improve the activities, or occupations, of individuals.

Occupational therapy helps to resolve problems that interfere with a person’s ability to conduct everyday “occupations”. For example,

Life:     hygiene, dressing, eating, food preparation;

Work:  employment, school; and

Play:    hobbies, sports, social activities.

 

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What is a traumatic brain injury?

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is an injury to your brain, plain and simple. This can manifest from a mild concussion to severe cognitive damage.

TBI is caused when the brain is subject to sudden movements that cause the brain to bounce or twist inside the skull. This leads to the brain’s cells being stretched and damaged and may even cause chemical changes in the brain. Examples of such traumatizing forces are blows to the head such as car accidents or sporting injuries, and falls.

 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury and must always be taken very seriously. Successive concussions can be exponentially worse. The more we learn about the brain, the more we realize how impactful and damaging concussion can be.

 

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