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Project 3.3.4 Occupational and Physical Therapy Careers

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Tulcy Patel

on 2 April 2015

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Transcript of Project 3.3.4 Occupational and Physical Therapy Careers

Plan for the Rehabilitation of Rebecca Fuller
About Rebecca
21-year-old college student
Studying to become a nutritionist
Waitress at local diner
Car accident
No seat belt
Thrown 100 feet from car
Paralyzed from the waist down
Moved to rehabilitation center
Physical Therapist
As Rebecca's physical therapist, I will be taking her through the process of building her upper body strength, as a reflection of her paralysis beneath the waist and helping her learn to manage her wheelchair. The goal is to allow her to carry herself around her large college by the time classes start up next semester, and have her become comfortable over the course of the next 6 months, with the ability to manage herself in regular tasks that include eating/cooking, cleaning, and sanitation.
Occupational Therapist
Help patients across a lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do
Done through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations)
Common occupational therapy interventions
Help patients with disabilities
Recover from injuries and illnesses
Support those experiencing cognitive and physical changes
Sample Exercise
One of the most important muscles used to operate a wheelchair is in the shoulders, so we will be doing exercises with building up that strength. One of them would be "Isometric Rotation," an exercise designed to work the chest and deltoid muscles by pushing inward/outward against a wall or door
Personalized Plan for Rebecca
Treatment Plans
What Rebecca Should Expect
Other Biomedical Professionals
Rebecca's Unique Needs
College Student
Lots of walking (now travel by wheelchair)
both smooth and rough terrain
Away from family
Overall Goals
Means of transportation
Getting in and out of buildings
Multiple floors
Limited access
Getting in and out of her car
Using the restroom
Taking baths
Using the toilet
Getting in and out of bed
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Simple everyday functions and routines
Using a wheelchair
Getting in and out of bed
Getting into buildings
Using the restroom
How to approach social activities
What best suits her needs
Building muscle strength
Relieving pain
Teach Rebecca about how to have a healthy and active lifestyle while confined to a wheelchair
Master's degree
Entry-level practitioner
Fieldwork requirements
National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapists (NBCOT)
Median Pay:
$75,400 per year
$36.25 per hour
Meet twice a week
Develop, recover, and improve her skills for daily living and working
Show how to adapt to everyday life
Progress plan:
Learn how to get out of bed
Get dressed and change clothes
Grip extender to grab pants and put on socks
Getting into the wheelchair
Getting in and out car
Manipulate exercise plan in order to lift herself off wheelchair and into car seat
My Credentials
Speech Therapist
Bachelor Program of Health
Graduate Program - Chapman University
accredited PT program
Doctor of Physical Therapy
National Physical Therapy Exam
Diagnosis and treatment of a variety of disorders and disabilities regarding speech, voice, and language
Meet with therapist twice a week
Personalized training sessions
Allows her to recover from any impairments
Redevelop and build on her speech
Gain confidence in specific social situation or daily activities
Increase in upper body mass
Decrease in leg mass
Will not be used anymore
New form of stress will be placed
Common forms of feeling sore
Possibly mentally draining
Will soon adapt to changes
Tulcy Patel & Kate Williams
Rebecca should continue normal check-ups
Paralysis has the potential to weaken her immune system
Counsel Rebecca on staying healthy
Meet with a physician every 6 mos
or when needed
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