What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy MiamiYou have probably heard of the term ‘occupational therapy’, but might not be 100% familiar with what it actually means or entails. The World Federation of Occupational Therapists defines OT as a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.”

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions is that occupational therapy is just for ‘getting people back to work’. However, it actually applies to all forms of daily life, such as domestic chores, leisure and hobbies, and anything else which you may do as part of your normal routine.

Suffering with pain or living with the nagging aches and problems can be difficult; and physical impediments, no matter how large or small, can impact your daily quality of life. So if you’re looking to speed up your recovery process, you may want to consider occupational therapy. At Hands On Therapy Services, our Miami Occupational Therapist offers a wide range of occupational therapy services based on your needs.

Occupational Therapy Miami – Thorough, Compassionate Care

At Hands On Therapy Services in Miami, we recognize the frustrations you may be facing….Is it that everywhere you call they just want your name, date of birth, and insurance card?  Is it that no one is TRULY listening to your problems and actually helping you to get to the best decision about what to do next? When you come to us in Miami, Fl, we’ll take the time to listen to your concerns, discuss your goals, and help you develop a treatment plan designed to offer you the best possible outcome BEFORE setting any paid appointment.

Did you know that you can even come straight to us before going to your primary doctor?  Why wait to get an appointment, wait when you are there, only to be offered pills, injections, and even referred to therapy after…especially when you can come directly to us!  We specialize in helping people with hand and arm injuries to live more active life, pain free, and avoid pills, injections, and surgery!

If you have had surgery or planning on having surgery to your hand or arm, our Miami Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist works closely with your surgeon to develop a rehabilitation plan specific to your needs and get you back to doing what you love doing most. We are also specialized in making customized orthosis to help you protect the surgery area but also place it in the best position for the best possible outcome so as to avoid needing another surgery!

Don’t let an injury or nagging little pains slow you down. Call us today for more information and ask to speak to our Miami Occupational Therapist. Our Miami Occupational Therapist will be happy to help you!

When do people need occupational therapy?

Are you living with pain in your hand or arm? Is it slowing you down or stopping you from enjoying your life to it’s fullest? IF you are….Occupational Therapy may be just what you need! We work with people of ALL ages with hand or arm problems to be active, pain free, and avoid pills, injections, and surgery. For example, we help injured workers after a work-related injury get the help that they need in order to return to work without any difficulties.  We also help kids that fall and break their arm to getting better so they can play and learn.  We also help people that are older to stay active, live safely in their home, and avoid losing their independence.  We help moms AND dads with hand and arm injures to live worry free about being able to play with their kids and care for them!  Honestly…the list is endless of how we can help people no matter their age…live better!

Why do people need occupational therapy?

  • People need occupational therapy when they feel they can move and do things better, but “something” is stopping they from living to their fullest!
  • People need occupational therapy when they had an injury like a broken bone or surgery and lose the use of their hands and arms they way they used to be able to use it.
  • People need occupational therapy when chronic  conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia slow they down and they don’t want to lose their independence.
  • When there is a need for adaptive equipment recommendations and training, and also for custom fitted orthosis.
  • To give guidance and teach to family members and caregivers.

Who is our Miami Occupational Therapist?

Hoang Tran is an Occupational Therapist (OT/L) and Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Graduating from the University of Florida in 2000 with a master’s degree in occupational therapy, she first gained experience in acute care settings of hospitals such as Parkway and Cleveland Clinic, skilled nursing facilities, and rehabilitation centers. In 2001, she started working in acute care at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, then moved into the senior outpatient therapy setting five years later. It was right after accepting the outpatient position that she sat for the CHT boards. In 2006 she obtained her national board certification as a Certified Hand Therapist and continued to expand her area of practice in the outpatient setting.

A Word from our Miami Occupational Therapist – Hoang Tran

Miami occupational therapyJust a little about me. My name is Hoang or “Wong”, like a Chinese last name, except it’s a Vietnamese first name. One of my first jobs as an occupational therapist in Miami was in Hialeah at a rehab center. Majority of my patients were Spanish speaking patients only and that’s where I started to learn Spanish. But that’s also where I got my nick name. I went into a patient room to wake an older lady to get up for her therapy and I introduced myself telling her my name is Hoang. She squinted at me and was like “what? What is your name?” So I told her again, “My name is Hoang, I am your occupational therapist and here to get you up for therapy”. Again she squinted and asked me if I was a man or woman….hmmmm so I told her “mujer?” (Because I wasn’t that great with my Spanish yet.) She looked at me and said “Your name is Juanita.” Me: “Yes! My names is Juanita! Let’s get up for therapy!” That’s how I became Juanita over 15 years ago and my nick name stays strong still today. My patients call me that, and so do some of my friends.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with great clients, some great cases, and some great doctors. Thank you for your continued support. Every year…our goal is to serve you…to provide you with an amazing experience all while helping you to get better and achieve your goals to be pain free, active, and avoid surgery.

This coming year, there will be more blog posts that highlight some of the great cases that come to us for hand and arm therapy, helpful tips to help you, and educational posts. We also plan to grow both our occupational and physical therapy programs while keeping that one on one attention that you need to reach your goals in therapy in a timely manner. Because no one has time to be injured!!!!

Hoang’s Role as a Miami Occupational Therapist

First and foremost, I feel extremely lucky to be able to carry out the job that gives me a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction, especially when I witness my clients’ recovery from their injuries. Being a Miami Occupational therapist allows me to work with and help people of all ages; some of my patients are kids, others are elderly, and so many are just everyday people like you and I. I spend a lot of time getting to know the clients I service to be able to determine what highly specialized assessment and treatment I need to develop for them, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people suffering from injuries or disabilities.

Perhaps the term “occupational therapy” may sometimes be confused for being a vocational counseling or job training. Occupational therapy is the link between prompt and adequate help of hand and arm conditions and a successful recovery. It is about allowing my patients live happily and ease their worries about their injuries. As a Miami Occupational Therapist my goal is to make you HAPPY with the amazing experience you are looking for, with clear answers to put your mind at ease, and give you the best possible outcome that you want.

As our clinic grows, besides occupational therapy and certified hand therapy, we are NOW including massage therapy services to keep you moving and avoiding injuries with our wellness services! In the future…it is possible that we may expand and include physical therapy that specialize in other areas. As much as I enjoy being an occupational therapist, I also find my job and profession an important mission and acknowledge the responsibility it carries along. People put a lot of faith and hope into Miami Occupational Therapy therapy methods so I always want to be sure that my clients are happy with their experience with us and together, we can work on getting the best possible outcome!

Where can I find occupational therapy in Miami?

Hands on Therapy Services provides occupational therapy on site at our office at 7902 NW 36th St, Suite 207, Doral, FL 33166. It is conveniently located not far from the NW 36th Street and Palmetto Expressway crossing. If you need directions, feel free to Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment.

We realize that some people want to inquire about cost and appointment availability before booking. If you want to know about cost and availability in our Miami location, click the link and fill out the short form.

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If you are not quite ready to book an appointment, and have some questions that you need answered so that you are 100% sure that we can help you, request to speak with our therapist 1st. Our therapist will spend the time that you need to help you make the BEST decision…and it’s completely free! Click the link below and fill out the short form.

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We realize that some people are unsure if therapy is even right for them or if it will even “work”. Are you unsure if therapy will help you with your problem or have you been disappointed in the past? If that sounds like you, and you would like to come into the clinic, meet our team…apply for our FREE discovery visit and see for yourself how Hands On Therapy Services can help you. Click the link below and fill out the short form so we can better help you.

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