Clinical Resources

Amputation and Limb Loss
March 23, 2021 en_US
Jen Thompson, MS, OTR/L and Marissa Rewak, DPT, PT Helpful definitions Acquired amputation: limb loss that occurs after …
Anxiety
March 17, 2021 en_US
By: Merry Simonyan, LCSW  What is Anxiety?   Anxiety is worry or an uneasy feeling that occurs when we th…
Aphasia
March 19, 2021 en_US
What is Aphasia? Aphasia is an acquired neurogenic language disorder resulting from an injury to the brain- most typical…
Apraxia of Speech
March 23, 2021 en_US
Acquired Apraxia of Speech (AOS) Overview Part I: Background What is Acquired Apraxia of Speech? How does Acquired Aprax…
Assistive Devices to Promote Independence in ADLs
December 28, 2021 en_US
By Jennifer Thompson, MS, OTR/L People like to feel confident that they will be independent. As such, you should encoura…
Balance and Falling
March 19, 2021 en_US
Impairments and Functional Limitations:Muscle weakness (specifically quadriceps, ankle dorsiflexors, ankle plantarflexor…
Breathing
March 19, 2021 en_US
Breathing is so important to regulate our body. It impacts both physical and mental health. Breathing is the way our...
Burn Rehabilitation
March 19, 2021 en_US
Be aware of medical needs:  Assess presence of inhalation injury and secure airway. Patients with inhalation injuri…
Concussion
March 19, 2021 en_US
An injury to the brain that occurs after a blow or trauma to the head, including: Direct impact to the...
Dementia Overview
November 28, 2022 en_US
BY TALINE BOROYAN MS, OTR/L Definitions Normal Aging – decrease in neurons, brain size, and brain weight. Processing a…
Dementia Overview
December 28, 2021 en_US
BY TALINE BOROYAN MS, OTR/L Definitions1 Normal Aging – decrease in neurons, brain size, and brain weight. Processing …
Dysfluency
March 21, 2021 en_US
What is Developmental Stuttering? Developmental stuttering is disruption to the flow of speech that may include repetiti…
Dysphagia
April 13, 2021 en_US
What is Dysphagia? Difficulty or inefficient swallowing that can cause coughing, choking, or aspiration (inhalation) of …
Ergonomics
August 13, 2021 en_US
What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you work in, and...
Grief and Loss
March 21, 2021 en_US
By: Merry Simonyan, LCSWGrief is a natural and normal reaction to someone/something passing. Everyone’s journey isdiff…
Guide to Voice Disorders
March 21, 2021 en_US
Part 1: Background What is a Voice Disorder?  A voice disorder occurs when voice quality, pitch, and loudness diffe…
Hierarchy for Mobilizing Critical Care Patients
March 19, 2021 en_US
If the patient is unconscious and sedated but cleared by the doctor to begin therapy/activity Gently bend and straighten…
How Pain Works
March 26, 2021 en_US
Prolonged pain puts the nervous system to a persistent state of high reactivity Over time, this may include heightened s…
How to Measure for Wheelchair Seating
March 21, 2021 en_US
It is important to have a wheelchair that fits appropriately. If a wheelchair is the wrong size, it can lead...
Lower Body
April 8, 2021 en_US
Common Orthopedic Injuries: Stress Fracture: As the name suggests, too much stress on an affected area is the biggest re…
Mindfulness
March 21, 2021 en_US
By: Dr. Angela Garcia Lopez Mindfulness, the art of being present, can be a crucial tool not only for healing...
Motor Apraxia
March 23, 2021 en_US
Apraxia Overview Jen Thompson, MS, OTR/L Terminology: Apraxia: inability to implement purposeful movement, that cannot b…
Motor Speech Disorders
March 18, 2021 en_US
What is a motor speech disorder (MSD)? “speech disorders resulting from neurologic impairments affecting planning, pro…
Peripheral Nerve Injuries
March 21, 2021 en_US
Peripheral nerve – A nerve belonging to the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS), a network of 43 pairs of motor and...
Physical Rehab in Trauma Care & Acute Recovery
March 17, 2021 en_US
Trauma care refers to specialized medical services and resources to patients suffering from traumatic injuries such as f…
SCI Guide
March 21, 2021 en_US
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?  A spinal cord injury is damage to the spinal cord that causes loss of...
Self-Care
March 23, 2021 en_US
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) refer to those activities involved in caring for one’s own body. They enable basic s…
Stroke Overview
April 12, 2021 en_US
Stroke /Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA): disease of cerebral vasculature resulting in failure to supply oxygen to cells. …
Swelling and Edema
March 18, 2021 en_US
Transfer of fluids from the body’s blood stream to interstitial tissue  The body’s natural and initial response…
TBI Assessment and Treatment Guide
March 23, 2021 en_US
What is TBI? TBI stands from Traumatic Brain Injury and can occur when there is direct trauma to the head...
Transfers
March 23, 2021 en_US
There are several ways of moving or “transferring” an individual to a chair. Initially, a walker with two wheels in.…
Understanding Trauma and Its Impact
March 23, 2021 en_US
By: Marian Ayvazyan, LMHC  What is trauma and who is affected?  Definition of trauma  The three E’s of …
Upper Body Orthopedic Injuries
March 21, 2021 en_US
Types of Injuries/Pathology Fractures of the Wrist  Smith’s fracture – fracture of the distal radius with v…
Vestibular Disorders
March 21, 2021 en_US
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Symptoms: Feeling that you are spinning or moving Usually takes about 5 seco…
What is Occupational Therapy?
April 13, 2021 en_US
Occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity or interventions to promote health and achieve functional outcome…
What is Physical Therapy?
March 21, 2021 en_US
“Physical therapy is care that aims to ease pain and help you function, move, and live better” (Brakeville, 2019). T…
What is Speech-Language Pathology?
April 13, 2021 en_US
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), speech-language pathologists facilitate in prevent…
Why is Documentation in Healthcare Important?
March 26, 2021 en_US
Documentation is a critical vehicle for conveying essential clinical information about each patient’s diagnosis, treat…
Wound Care
March 21, 2021 en_US
Physiology of a Wound & Wound Healing Wound Classification: Acute Wound– is any surgical wound that heals by p…

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