ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners
January 28, 2015

Stroke Rehab

Compression for Lymphedema

Occupational therapists often treat stroke patients who have a swollen arm. They might think, why did this happen? Did the arm hit something during transfers? Is the edema the result of a DVT? One question is often overlooked: Could it be lymphedema? A case study of a recent patient presenting with post-stroke lymphedema demonstrates the improvements in clinical outcomes when wrapping with low-stretch bandages.  Disease Process

App Review: Improving Dexterity

"Finding ways for patients to practice fine-motor skills, coordination and even command-following can be important for therapy practice across multiple settings. Dexteria - Fine Motor Skill Development is an application designed for iOS-based devices that provides a series of therapeutic hand exercises applicable to a variety of patients."  Home Program

Vision Rehab in OT Education

"After nearly a year of learning about occupational therapy in the classroom, we were ready to conquer our fieldwork with confidence. Or so we thought. As third-semester graduate students, we had developed a strong foundation of OT principles, passed our competency exams, and were excited to begin our fieldwork placement at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired."  Generalizing Knowledge

A Family's Journey

"In my last article for ADVANCE, I told the story of my parents coping with recovery from multiple strokes. I'm happy to report that as of this writing, both my parents are still living independently and coping as well as possible at their home of 35 years, Over the past year, there have been many ups and downs, but all of the family members are working together."  Communicate Regularly