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Written by Jennifer Sik, Published on January 10, 2019

Does your patient complain of numbness in their fingers? Have they told you that they have dropped things as if their hand has decided to stop holding on? Do they tell you that their fingers, in particular their thumb, index and middle fingers, feel clumsy, weak, or painful? These are common ways that carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can affect a patient’s functioning. Luckily, you don’t have to be a certified hand therapist to help your patients conservatively manage their CTS symptoms (although OTs do make great hand therapists!). As an occupational therapist, you are equipped with the knowledge and tools to help patients conservatively manage symptoms of their CTS.

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Topics:occupational therapyoccupational therapy specialtyclinical

Written by Rafael Salazar II, Published on June 12, 2018

So maybe you went into Occupational Therapy knowing that you wanted to be a hand therapist. Maybe you went into OT thinking that you’d like to end up treating complex post—surgical diagnoses of the upper extremity (UE). Heck, maybe you went into OT thinking you wanted to go into pediatrics, but then became enamored with the idea of UE orthopedic rehabilitation on a fieldwork (it’s happened before).

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Topics:CareersnetworkingNew gradoccupational therapy specialtyupper extremity

Written by Brittany Ferri, MS, OTR/L, CCTP, CLT, Published on March 29, 2018

For many reading this, the hard times of occupational therapy school are finally over. No more exams or practicals sounds great, but – here comes the dreaded question — what now? Which occupational therapy specialty should you choose? With so many practice areas in existence and AOTA adding still more, it can be a daunting task to figure out which area calls to you most. Maybe you’ve always known you wanted to work as a pediatric therapist but, after that, the details get a little fuzzy. Or maybe you’ve had a level II fieldwork at a hand therapy clinic where the patient population really appealed to you, but you don’t know if you can pass the complex certification test.

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Topics:continuing educationeducationGrad Schoolmental healthoccupational therapy specialtyot schooltravel therapy

Written by Matthew Alpert, OTR/L, Published on October 10, 2016

Choosing the right position as a newly graduated occupational therapist is a hard decision.

You want to start making money, paying down those student loans, but most of all, apply what you learned and helping clients. The difficult part about choosing a position will be first choosing the area of practice you want to work in.

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Topics:Careerschoosing a positionjob huntoccupational therapy specialty

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