Occupational Therapy - Evaluation

A history, physical exam and evaluation by an occupational therapist. It includes the development of a treatment plan to manage your symptoms.




A history, physical exam and evaluation by an occupational therapist. It includes the development of a treatment plan to manage your symptoms.



An evaluation by an occupational therapist (OT) includes a:

  • History
  • Physical exam
  • Review of symptoms
  • Detailed treatment plan to help you participate in everyday activities.

After completing an evaluation, the occupational therapist will develop a treatment plan to help you participate in everyday activities. The treatment plan can include:

  • Exercises to help increase function, especially involving the hands and fine motor skills
  • Education and training in self-care
  • Training in the use of special tools and equipment to help increase independence in performing everyday activities

During an occupational therapy evaluation, the therapist will:

  • Ask about your medical history, current symptoms and level of function
  • Test and measure your strength, flexibility and mobility
  • Discuss how you use your body during your daily activities
An occupational therapy evaluation may also include an assessment of your:
  • Home
  • Workplace
  • School

It is important to remember that the total cost of this care path does not include medicine, imaging studies, or referrals to other healthcare providers. Those charges can add up.

Before your appointment with an occupational therapist write down your:

  • Medical history (past illnesses, surgeries and hospitalizations)
  • Questions, concerns and symptoms
  • Medications (including over-the-counter)
  • Previous occupational or physical therapy treatments

Here are some questions to ask your occupational therapist:

  • What is causing my symptoms?
  • When might I start to see improvement?
  • Should I exercise or modify my activity?
  • What is my treatment plan?
  • What symptoms should I report before my next appointment

After your appointment, you should understand your treatment plan, including home exercises recommended by the therapist.

Source UHC.com

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Occupational Therapy - Evaluation
Occupational Therapy


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