We can offer advice on any difficulties you are experiencing with activities in your home or work environment. We’re also involved with patient education and information on coping strategies. We assess for and provide a range of hand splints to support the joints at rest and for function.
Where are the OT Team?
We are based at Rotherham Hospital in the Therapy Services Department on level D.
How can I be referred?
You can be referred to an OT by your hospital consultant or GP.
Where would I be seen?
Your Occupational Therapist will usually see you at the hospital but may also visit you at home.
What will happen at my Occupational Therapy appointment?
We’ll ask you about everyday activities and any problems you are having.Once any problems have been identified we’ll at ways to resolve these with you. This may be by providing equipment or giving you advice on alternative techniques. You may need more than one appointment.
We may recommend a variety of splints to help you. They include a range of off the shelf activity splints to support the joints. You may need a splint to rest the joints when they are painful or swollen and these will be custom made for you.
Education and occupational therapy
A large part of our role is to provide advice and education to give you the tools to manage your arthritis effectively. Including:
- Pain management
- Energy conservation - Balancing exercise and rest
- Joint protection – Looking after your joints
- Relaxation – Stress can have a huge impact on both mind and body, relaxation can help reduce the impact of stress on your arthritis
- Coping strategies
A key area affected by your arthritis may be hand function; we’ll assess this area fully. It is important to maintain good movement and ensure there is no muscle wasting. A tailor made programme of exercises, and other therapy may be beneficial.