By Jeska Sisk
North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora celebrated Occupational Therapy Month in April.
Occupational therapy is an evidence-based, science-driven profession that applies the most up-to-date research to service delivery in rehabilitation healthcare. In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
For example, occupational therapy practitioners address the physical, cognitive and emotional challenges brought on by a stroke, and they can help stroke survivors engage in the things they want and need to do.
A stroke can cause temporary or permanent paralysis on one side of the body. It can also affect balance, vision, memory, speech and cognition, and cause other complications such as muscle spasm and pain.
For these reasons, people who have experienced a stroke may have difficulty with daily activities (occupations) such as bathing, dressing and managing a household, and with performing familiar roles (e.g., parent, spouse, employee).
If you would like to contact an occupational therapist to assist you in recovering from a stroke, ask your physician for a recommendation, or look for an occupational therapist in private clinics, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and skilled nursing facilities in your community.
NMMC-Eupora provides occupational therapy services in the acute, subacute and outpatient settings. The hospital offers over 20 years of experience in occupational therapy, provided by two licensed, registered occupational therapists, Elizabeth Pittman and Jeska Sisk.
For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact NMMC-Eupora at 258-6221.