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April is Occupational Therapy Month

An occupational therapist, or OT, helps people in our communities improve their ability to manage work, self-care and leisure activities. OT areas of expertise include the treatment of hand injuries, caregiver and/or family training, fall prevention and home safety.

OTs work with patients to resolve a range of physical and mental challenges and conditions resulting from injury and disease, including:

  • Memory loss and cognitive impairment resulting from stroke or brain injuries.
  • Challenges resulting from diseases such as Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis or cancer.
  • Regaining function in a joint after replacement surgery, such as hip, knee or shoulder.
  • Lymphedema or swelling.
  • Vision problems. 
  • Pelvic floor dysfunctions.

Our thanks go out to each and every Northern Arizona Healthcare OT during April's Occupational Therapy Month. 

Occupational therapists are functional specialists restoring people to the cherished activities that occupy their time.  A physical therapist will teach you to walk to the kitchen; an occupational therapist will teach you to make a sandwich when you get there.  - Adam Sakievich, MOTR/L with EntireCare Rehab & Sports Medicine

Adam predominantly works with patients who are admitted to the hospital following trauma, brain injury or stroke, as well as patients who are leading up to the occupational therapy program in the Behavioral Health department.