Slide Board Transfer Tips & Tricks

The slide board can be a very useful device for a wide range of patient populations. While typically used for paraplegia or wheelchair dependent patients, I have seen them used for orthopedics with non-weightbearing precautions, generalized weakness, encephalopathy, and...

Airplane Transfer (Depression Scoot)

Sometimes, a slide board transfer may not be the safest option between surfaces. A patient may poor awareness of the board, have low confidence in their abilities, or a slide board may simply not be available. Another transfer you can...

PRAFO Boot Uses

PRAFO - Pressure Relief Ankle Foot Orthosis Worn on the calf and foot similar to a boot Used for patient's who spend a significant amount of time in bed Prevents pressure ulcers from developing on the back of the...

Stroke Overview

Hemispheric Differences Left Brain Injury Right Brain Injury Right-sided hemiparesis/plegia Left-sided hemiparesis/plegia Right-sided sensory loss Left-sided sensory loss Speech & language impairments Visual-perceptual impairments Difficulty in planning/sequencing Impulsive behaviors Slow, cautious behavior Poor judgment Processing delays (including verbal cues) Poor emotional regulation Memory impairments Memory impairments MCA Syndrome Contralateral hemiparesis Contralateral sensory loss Aphasia Perceptual deficits...
Home modifications can benefit patients of all ages and health conditions. As the population of older adults continues to grow and "age in place", home modification interventions are becoming more important to prevent injury in the home. Considerations: Fall risk...
Interventions for left neglect/inattention "The Dynavision is a large, computerized light board containing 64 small red square target buttons that light up randomly one at a time. The client searches the board to locate the lighted button. Once located, the...
Habits fall within the occupational therapy framework. However, habits can be hard to change. Whether for your personal goals or for our patients, using a compensatory technique can be very helpful for shaping our habits. Almost all of us carry...

Fracture Healing Times

Upper Extremity Callus formation: 2-3 weeks Union: 4-6 weeks Lower Extremity Callus formation: 2-3 weeks Union: 8-12 weeks Union has indications for weight bearing Check for MD orders prior to mobilizing Terms: Stable: clinical union vs. Unstable Displaced: long axis does not align Open vs....

Stress Management Group Ideas

Social games Social bingo Jeopardy Family Feud Scattergories Apples to apples (be sure to take out inappropriate terms, e.g. "crazy") Team based Pictionary Guess Who: have each participant anonymously write 3 interesting facts about themselves, shuffle the cards,...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. Typically develops after an injury including fractures, sprains/strains, soft tissue injury (burns, cuts, or bruises), limb immobilization, surgery, or medical procedures such...