OT 643

Biomechanical Approaches in Occupational Therapy

This course covers occupational therapy for clients throughout the lifespan with occupational performance defecits that can be remediated throught the use of a biomechanical approach to treatment, primarily musculoskeletal and medical disorders. The course begins with general approaches to the evaluation of strength, range of motion, sensation, endurance, fatigue, edema, and pain. Building on this foundation, students learn about a range of common medical conditions and explore the relationships among specific trauma/disease processes (pathology), client factors (impairments), and the resulting limitations in occupational performance (disability). Students apply the occupational therapy process using a biomechanical approach to meet the needs of clients with specific physical dysfunction through developing skills in the use of sound clinical evaluation with valid assessment techniques and the selection and application of appropriate treatment modalities. Special considerations for using a biomechanical approach to occupational therapy with children and youth are addressed in the seminar for this course.