An occupational therapist (OT) is a health professional who works with patients to help achieve functional outcomes that promote health, prevent injury or disability, and maintain the highest possible level of independence, safety, and quality of life. Occupational therapists are concerned with helping patients in their “occupations”—the day-to-day tasks that “occupy” their time at home, work, and elsewhere. The neurologist or physiatrist will usually refer an FSHD patient to an occupational therapist for an evaluation and assessment of function and daily living tasks at work, in the home, and out and about. The occupational therapist and patient work together on a program to maintain function and daily living by using aids, durable medical equipment, assistive technology, and exercises to increase and maintain function.
Please refer also to the section on Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology.
For general information about occupational therapy, see the following website: