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Spinal Surgery and Occupational Therapy

May 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This handout provides information about recovery from spinal surgery through an OT perspective. It covers pre-surgery considerations, spinal precautions, and safe completion of various ADLs. A Patient’s Guide to Spine Surgery. (2024). Hospital for Special Surgery. Physical and Occupational Therapy after Spinal Surgery. (n.d.). Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.
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Stretches for Shoulder Pain and Range of Motion

March 31, 2024 by Ashley Zhinin.
This HEP focuses on key stretches for decreasing shoulder pain and improving shoulder ROM. Clark-Wilson, J., Giles, G. M., & Baxter, D. M. (2014). Revisiting the Neuro­ functional Approach: Conceptualizing the core components for the rehabilitation of everyday living skills. Brain Injury, 28, 1646– 1656. Giles, G. M., & Clark-Wilson, J. (Eds.). (1993). Brain injury […]
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Six Determinants of Gait

December 31, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This clinical reference outlines the six major determinants in normal and pathological gait that can be evaluated and treated by occupational therapy practitioners to improve functional mobility efficiency, safety, and independence. Saunders, J. B., Inman, V. T., & Eberhart, H. D. (1953). The major determinants in normal and pathological gait. The Journal of Bone and […]
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Get Moving BINGO

November 30, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This material uses the classic bingo-style game with exercises to provide a fun way to participate in group exercise classes.
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Menstrual Hygiene Management

November 30, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource covers considerations and strategies for addressing this important but often overlooked ADL.
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Wrist Strength

October 31, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This HEP covers exercises for wrist strengthening.
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Caring for Pets: Treatment Strategies

October 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
This resource covers different methods for addressing the caring for pets IADL. American Occupational Therapy Association. (2020). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain and process (4th ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (Suppl. 2), 7412410010.
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Effect of Assistive Devices on Hand and Arm Posture During Activities of Daily Living (2019)

September 1, 2023 by Ashley Zhinin.
Aging and various pathologies reduce hand mobility and grip strength, decreasing the performance of ADLs and independence. ADs are generally designed to compensate for reduced physical abilities. OTs are tasked with indicating the most suitable product for each patient; however, this is often a difficult decision with limited research available. This study aimed to analyze […]
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