Broken Bone? Occupational Therapy can Help You Recover Faster!

Broken Bone? Occupational Therapy can Help You Recover Faster!

August 7, 2016 - 3:59 am

Avoid a fracture's long lasting implications!

From a hip fracture to the more common hand fracture, a broken bone can potentially have lasting effects long after it has healed.

Occupational therapy can prevent post fracture chronic pain, limitations and disabilities and it's well worth it!

Allow me to share my personal story with you.

As you know, I am an Occupational therapist. But even occupational therapists sometimes need to see an occupational therapist!
After having hand surgery, a result of fracturing a bone in my left  hand  I needed to see an OT.  Not only is the practice area of hand therapy one of the few areas I have not specialized in, it is pretty hard to splint your own hand!

Amanda (she was and still is simply an amazing OT!) provided pre and post-surgery splinting, education and treatment.  Treatment was provided on an out-patient basis from a publicly-funded hospital.
Did I have to pay for it?
No. My Occupational Therapy appointments were  covered by Medicare.

But, would I have paid for the Occupational Therapy I received?
YES!  I would have paid for private Occupational Therapy had there been a waiting list for public Occupational Therapy. If no public  Occupational Therapy had been available; I would have readily paid out of my pocket for treatment.

Why? The reason I am able to type this article  today is because I saw an Occupational Therapist before and after my hand surgery. Had I not seen an OT, I would now have limited left hand function,  despite having an excellent surgeon and hospital care. Even the smallest of fractures such as a little broken bone in a hand can have life-long implications if not treated properly.

Should I have had to pay for private Occupational Therapy and splinting, it would have cost me less than I pay for my hair-styling over the course of a year.  My ability to now use my left hand without pain or limitations is priceless.

My experience and need for an OT before and after hand surgery is the inspiration behind joining forces with Lifemark Physiotherapy in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Should you or someone you know be on a long waiting list to access public Occupational Therapy, want an evening appointment, or don’t want to deal with time consuming visits to the local hospital in Saint John, Lifemark Physiotherapy is an alternative  choice for occupational therapy splinting, education and treatment.

Do you have questions? Or perhaps you’re wondering if occupational therapy could help your situation.  To learn more and to get the information you need to make an informed decision. call us at Total Ability anytime Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:00 pm (Atlantic) at 506-847-0677 or toll-free 1-877-784-5353 in New Brunswick. Any information you share with us will remain confidential.

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