How can an occupational therapist help me with my prosthesis?

An occupational therapist (OT) will assist you in many ways with your prosthesis. First, you will learn all about the care and upkeep of the prosthesis.  Once you “get to know” your prosthesis, you will wear the prosthesis. The OT will help you go through different activities of daily living (ADL) or those things you normally do each day such as eating, bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, and more. The OT will evaluate your ADL skills as you wear your prosthesis to see if you are able to manage. Then, the OT may use exercises and training to help re-establish strength and coordination so you can do these activities on your own. In addition, the OT will show you how to use assistive devices such as grab bars by your toilet or tub so you don’t fall if you suddenly lose your balance with your prosthesis or without it.

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