Occupational Therapy for Orthopaedic Injuries

We provide occupational therapy online for children, adolescents and adults with orthopaedic injuries. 

We are a registered NDIS provider and use an inclusive approach to therapy, where the person can be in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

How can occupational therapy benefit people with orthopaedic injuries?

Occupational therapy can benefit people with orthopaedic injuries in several ways:

1. Enhancing range of motion and strength: Occupational therapists provide exercises and activities aimed at increasing the range of motion and strength in affected joints and muscles. This helps individuals regain their functional abilities and carry out daily activities independently.

2. Pain management: Occupational therapists can educate individuals on how to manage pain effectively. They may recommend specific techniques such as hot/cold therapy, pain-relieving techniques, or the use of assistive devices to minimize pain and discomfort during daily activities.

3. Restoring mobility: Occupational therapists assist in restoring mobility by providing appropriate assistive devices such as braces, splints, or orthotic devices. They also teach individuals how to use these devices correctly to increase mobility and reduce strain on injured areas.

4. Adapting the environment: Occupational therapists assess the home or work environment to identify potential hazards or barriers that may impede recovery or independence. They provide recommendations for modifications or suggest adaptive equipment that can improve safety and accessibility.

5. Assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs): Occupational therapists help individuals relearn or adapt their ADLs, such as bathing, dressing, cooking, and personal grooming. They may introduce adaptive techniques, recommend modified equipment, or teach compensatory strategies to perform these tasks independently.

6. Providing education and support: Occupational therapists educate individuals about their specific orthopaedic injury, teaching them about proper body mechanics, posture, and ergonomics to prevent further injuries. They also offer emotional support, addressing concerns and fears, and providing strategies to cope with the challenges of recovery.

Overall, occupational therapy aims to improve functional independence, promote healing and recovery, manage pain, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals with orthopaedic injuries.

Services for children, adolescents and adults

We have occupational therapists who work with  children, adolescents and adults, and we have therapists who have experience with orthopaedic injuries. Read more about our therapists here.

Assessments for orthopaedic injuries

We are able to provide many types of occupational therapy assessments online, including Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA) and reports required for the NDIS. Please see this article for more information on assessments we can provide.

NDIS registered provider

We are a registered NDIS provider and work with self-managed, plan-managed and agency-managed clients. 

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If your are an NDIS provider or support coordinator we can provide reliable occupational therapy for clients with orthopaedic injuries in any location. Refer a client and we’ll connect you to the right clinician. 

Is online occupational therapy effective?

Yes! A growing body of evidence shows that online delivery of therapy can be as effective as face to face. Online therapy has many other benefits too, including being convenient and accessible for people in regional and rural areas.  

How does online occupational therapy work?

At Umbo online therapy is not just zoom plus business-as-usual. It’s much more diverse than simply videoconferencing. Umbo therapists provide an individualised approach to each person, using the latest evidence, and a variety of technologies and engagement techniques.

Umbo champions person-centred therapy. It means the person and their family/support people leads the conversation. We believe that the most effective therapy occurs when support is given in the environment where the person lives, learns, works or plays. Therefore we work with the family, and teach skills to you or to other supporters. This means you’re achieving real-life goals, rather than just achieving goals in a clinic.

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