Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a rehabilitation profession that assists people in overcoming limitations as a result of injury, illness, or the effects of aging. The goal of our Occupational Therapist is to assist each individual to maximize personal productivity, as well as overall function, work, recreation, and self-care.

 

 


How do Occupational Therapists work?

Our Occupational Therapists take a holistic approach to the needs of their patients. Treatment usually involves three stages of care: Examination: The abilities of the patient are assessed in the context of work, school, home, play, leisure, general lifestyle and family situation. Consultation: Our Occupational Therapist talks with the patient, other professionals and family members developing a treatment program. Treatment: The therapy takes place in our clinic. The goal is to maximize the patient’s daily life skills.


When Should I have Occupational Therapy?

If you are experiencing musculosketal or joint pain then occupational therapy may be warranted. Occupational therapy is often recommended as the primary form of conservative treatment and may be prescribed in combination with medication for pain or swelling. Early OT intervention reduces the likelihood that your condition will become chronic. It can also prevent further impairment & generalized de-conditioning as a result of disuse as well as help you to avoid surgery. OT is also referred post- operatively to assist in recovery from surgery and help restore full function.


What will therapy cost?

Although insurance companies offer a spectrum of plan options, most health insurance policies cover the majority of the costs of occupational therapy. The staff at our office will contact your insurance company to verify your benefits. We will then inform you of any out-of-pocket expenses that you will incur (deductible and/or co-payments). If you subscribe to a managed care plan with no out-of-network benefits, consult with your directory of preferred providers or the therapy office you've selected to determine if they are in network, or request your physician for an out of network referral. If you have the option to seek care out-of-network, you are not limited to a list of participating providers and can see the therapists of your choice.


How Do I Begin Therapy?

Please call our office to make arrangements to begin therapy. You have two choices: You may schedule an appointment for therapy without a physical referral (this may preclude your insurance company from reimbursing us for the services you receive) or you may see your physician for a referral so that your insurance company covers the cost of the therapy received in our clinic.

Our Board certified Occupational Therapist has more than 27 years of experience in Orthopedics, Sports and Conditioning.  Our primary goal is to minimize or eliminate pain, restore mobility, strength, flexibility, and balance as well as to maximize function for activities of daily living, work, and recreation.


What will I Experience at Jersey Central Physical Therapy and Fitness?

We communicate with the referring physicians regarding your progress.

You will receive the following:

  • a thorough examination and a personalized treatment plan.
  • a One-on-one care hands on.
  • a complete spectrum of therapy and fitness equipment, showers, locker rooms.
  • The facility is clean, the atmosphere pleasant and the staff professional, motivating and sincere. 
  • Our location is convenient to all of central New Jersey (home or office) and offers extended hours of operation to accommodate your busy schedule.

 


 

Some of the conditions of therapists treat:
  • Sports Injuries
  • Pre and Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Joint Replacement
  • Hand and Finger Injuries
  • Post-Fracture Rehabilitation
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Musculosketal Pain and Limitations
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Chronic Pain
  • All types of Arthritis
  • Post-Amputation Rehabilitation
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis Rehabilitation
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Neurological Involvement including:
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Strokes
    • Parkinson's Disease

 

 


 

When will Occupational Therapy end?

Discharge from Occupational Therapy will take place when your therapist and physician have determined that you have achieved maximum benefit from the treatment. Your insurance company may also influence the frequency and duration of treatment, as they may dictate an approved number of visits for which they will reimburse. You should continue to perform your home exercise program after discharge from OT. It will extend the benefits of your therapy, help you to continue to progress and prevent re-injury. Your medical team will outline a plan for gradual return to your pre-injury activities. At time of discharge, we typically recommend our patients to join our MAX-FIT Programs to continue their cardiofitness programs. We have found that the continued programs improve the quality of life for our clients reducing their need for follow up care. Please refer to our MAX-FIT Programs.

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