Occupational Therapy in Miami
Dealing with an injury or coping with the effects of a chronic condition can be difficult; and physical impediments, no matter how large or small, can impact your daily quality of life. So if you’re looking to expedite the recovery process, you may want to consider occupational therapy. At Hands On Therapy, our Miami occupational therapist offers a wide range of occupational therapy services to patients in need.
Thorough, Compassionate Care – About Occupational Therapy in Miami
At Hands On Therapy in Miami, we recognize the frustrations you’re facing, and we’re dedicated to offering the personalized, dedicated care you deserve. When you come to us in Miami, Fl, we’ll take the time to evaluate your condition, discuss your goals, address your concerns, and develop a treatment plan designed to offer you the maximum amount of benefit.
Our Miami occupational therapist works closely with your surgeon to develop a rehabilitation plan specific to your needs and get you back to normal activity. We are also trained to make customized bracing and splinting to aid in your therapy and help restore function.
Don’t let an injury or ailment slow you down. Call us today for more information and Miami occupational therapy or to schedule an appointment. Our Miami occupational therapist will be happy to help you!
What is occupational therapy?
You have probably heard of the term ‘occupational therapy’, but might not be 100% familiar with what it actually means or entails. The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines OT as a “client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.”
Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions is that occupational therapy is just for ‘getting people back to work’. However, it actually applies to all forms of daily life, such as domestic chores, leisure and hobbies, and anything else which you may do as part of your normal routine.
Where can I find occupational therapy in Miami?
Hands on Therapy Services provides occupational therapy on site at our office at 7902 NW 36th St, Suite 207, Doral, FL 33166. It is conveniently located not far from the NW 36th Street and Palmetto Expressway crossing. If you need directions, feel free to Contact Us.
When do people need occupational therapy?
People need occupational therapy for a variety of reasons. In short, it can be provided to anyone who needs assessment or treatment relating to their daily activities. For example, perhaps someone had a work-related injury and requires rehabilitation in order to return to being able to work. Or perhaps a work-environment needs an assessment to determine if employees there can work there over a prolonged period of time without risking injury. OT is even provided to children who require assistance to be able to fully participate in school. The list is almost endless!
Why do people need occupational therapy?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, OT is provided for the following reasons:
- Customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities
- Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
- Performance skills assessments and treatment
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
- Guidance to family members and caregivers.
Who is our Miami Occupational Therapist?
Hoang Tran is an Occupational Therapist (OT/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Graduating from the University of Florida in 2000 with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, she first gained experience in acute care settings of hospitals such as Parkway and Cleveland Clinic, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers. In 2001, she started working in acute care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, then moved into the senior outpatient therapy setting five years later. It was right after accepting the outpatient position that she sat for the CHT boards. In 2006 she obtained her national board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist and continued to expand her area of practice in the outpatient setting.
Just a little about me. My name is Hoang or “Wong”, like a Chinese last name, except it’s a Vietnamese first name. But one of my first jobs as an occupational therapist in Miami was in Hialeah at a rehab center. Majority of my patients were Spanish speaking patients only and that’s where I started to learn Spanish. But that’s also where I got my nick name. I went into a patient room to wake an older lady to get up for her therapy and I introduced myself telling her my name is Hoang. She squinted at me and was like “what? What is your name?” So I told her again, “My name is Hoang, I am your occupational therapist and here to get you up for therapy”. Again she squinted and asked me if I was a man or woman….hmmmm so I told her “mujer?” (Because I wasn’t that great with my Spanish yet.) She looked at me and said “Your name is Juanita.” Me: “Yes! My names is Juanita! Let’s get up for therapy!” That’s how I became Juanita over 15 years ago and my nick name stays strong still today. My patients call me that, and so do some of my friends.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great patients, some great cases, and some great doctors. It’s Hands on Therapy Services’ Anniversary, our birthday. Thank you for your continued support. This coming year, there will be more blog posts that highlight some of the great cases that come to us for hand therapy, helpful tips to help you, and educational posts. We also plan to grow both our occupational and physical therapy programs while keeping that one on one attention that you need to reach your goals in therapy in a timely manner. Because no one has time to be injured!!!!
Hoang’s Role as a Miami Occupational Therapist
First and foremost, I feel extremely lucky to be able to carry out the job that gives me a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction, especially when I witness my patients’ recovery from their injuries. Being a Miami Occupational therapist allows me to work with and help people of all ages; some of my patients are infants, others are elderly. I use highly specialised assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people suffering from injuries or disabilities. Practitioners of my profession enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent injury or live better with illness, or disability.
Perhaps the term “occupational therapy” may sometimes be confused for being a vocational counseling or job training. Occupational therapy is the link between prompt and adequate medical management of upper extremity conditions and a successful recovery. It is about allowing my patients to function normally in their daily lives. As a Miami occupational therapist I aim at providing highly effective non-operative interventions, preventative care and post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, ranging from a simple injuries such as fingertip injuries to very complex ones, like e.g. replanted extremities. My patients, who suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis, or neurologic conditions will benefit from treatment through proper education on how to protect joints, alleviate pain or swelling of the joints. I will also make recommendations for adaptive equipment or devices to improve function and maintain pain-free mobility. A Miami occupational therapist such as myself can employ a variety of tools and techniques including but not limited to: management of pain and swelling, activity or exercise programs, wound and scar care, custom orthotic fabrication.
As a Miami occupational therapy practitioner I believe in executing a holistic perspective and approach to my patients’ in order to see their rapid and permanent recovery. In a strive to achieve yet better results I may consult or combine my expertise with expertise of professionals in physical therapy, dermatology, orthopaedics, psychologists etc. As much as I enjoy being an occupational therapist, I also find my job and profession an important mission and acknowledge the responsibility it carries along. People put a lot of faith and hope into Miami occupational therapy treatment methods so I always want to be sure that both my work and expertize, and my patients’ efforts lead to successful outcomes – their full physical recovery.