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Thinking of Going to Occupational
Therapy for the first Time?

8 Things To Know Before Seeing An Occupational Therapist

Frequently Asked Questions

Occupational therapy is an all-inclusive care that provides clients with a natural alternative to more invasive treatment methods like prescription medications and surgery. Occupational therapists help you recover after injuries, help you be more active and independent with your everyday activities, work, and hobbies so that you can live pain free.

At Hands On Therapy Services, our certified hand therapists and occupational therapists are specialized in non-surgical and surgical cases of the hand, wrist, elbow, neck, shoulder and spine. With us, we can help you get clear on what’s wrong, meet your goals and ensure lasting results.

Sometimes people can confuse Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) . What makes OT different from PT is that we as occupational therapists see the patient as a whole and assess every area that can make them independent again and not just the affected area. At the end of the day, it’s about who you know and trust to be able to solve your pain or problems and allow you to avoid pills and surgery

No, you do not need a prescription/referral from the doctor to start Occupational Therapy in the state of Florida. Florida is a “direct access” state for Occupational Therapy, which means anyone can start occupational therapy without a prescription. 

We can help you get more clarity and, if you need to go to a doctor, we can recommend which specialist may help. As Certified Hand Therapists, we help people after hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder surgery. If you have surgery, you can bring us your prescription.

Expect to get clarity from our occupational specialists on your first visit. We will ask you questions about what is wrong, what you are looking for, what your goals are, and how fast or slow you want to achieve it. We want to get to know you. 

Your first visit at Hands On Therapy Services will either be a Discover Visit or an Initial Evaluation. The free Discover Visit session is about getting clarity on your situation and helping you make the Best Decision on what you need to to improve your mind, body and health.

The Initial Evaluation is a comprehensive whole person assessment of your current movement limitations to perform everyday activities. After getting a better understanding of the root cause of your problem, we will provide you with a personalized treatment plan based on your goals and expectation for recovery to make you successful in restoring your independence. 

The length of each therapy session varies on what’s right for the client. The initial visit depends on the time preference you selected. We have 2 types of sessions and can recommend which choice is the best for you based on your needs: 

The Silver session (30 mins) is for someone who only has a limited amount of time to spare, or unsure about occupational therapy and if we can help..

The Gold session (60 mins) gives you the most time and attention, it helps us get to get closer to the root cause of your problem, determine how you respond to treatment, and create a plan that is best for your needs and maximizes recovery.

How often you come in is determined between you and your occupational therapist based on your goals. We can discuss either in your free discovery session or at your initial evaluation where the occupational therapist can provide a more accurate plan. During the initial evaluation the occupational therapist gets to dig deeper into what is bothering you and what your goals are. 

Your occupational  therapist will make recommendations and a customized treatment plan based on your needs, wants and what is important to you. 

Absolutely! The focus of Occupational Therapy is dedicated to helping people AVOID pain, be more independent, have better quality of life, and live with as few restrictions as possible. We can help people faster when they don’t wait until they have excruciating pain.

At Hands On Therapy Services, our Certified Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists not only improve patients’ limited ability to perform activities of daily living. They are involved in educating you on how to preserve your independence and optimal physical range.

We realize that people are unsure if occupational therapy is right for them or if occupational therapy will even “work” for their condition. When you ask someone for medical advice, make sure they get to know you, what you want, and what you value. No one wants to be incapable or feel limited in doing the activities they love to do. With our FREE Discovery Visit you can feel confident that you have the information that allows you to make the best decision. 

Feeling limited is a result of imbalances that can derail you from your fitness goals and active lifestyle. You can get more clarity about these problems, learn what you can do to get rid of them, and feel confident in your decisions about your health and well-being with your initial in-clinic or online visit with us.

Let’s be honest: it’s about who you trust. If you need help to be held accountable, to be encouraged, and to be led in the right direction – All of our services are based on what you need, how quickly you may want to get better, and accommodating to the time constraints that you have. 

As a clinic that specializes in Occupational Therapy and Certified Hand Therapy, we don’t simply treat a particular area, we assess your goals and the steps you need to take. From there, we’ll guide you on how to become independent again so you can go back to doing the things you love to do.

Our mission at Hands On Therapy Services is to provide quality occupational therapy for all types of hand, wrist, neck, shoulder, elbow, and spine injuries of all ages. Our Certified Hand Therapist will ensure that you receive a detailed treatment plan designed to accelerate recovery through evidence-based techniques. Our Occupational Therapists have the extensive training and experience to enable you to get relief from pain, maximize recovery, and get you back into your active life! With Hands On Therapy Services, you know you’ll be in good “hands.”

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