An occupational therapist (OT) assesses home care needs after a worker has been injured. The OT recommends resources to meet those needs so the worker can focus on recovery – gradually restoring function so they can resume their pre-injury activities.
OTs may also help workers return to work. They work closely with the worker, employer and health-care providers to co-ordinate gradual return to work activities. OTs can provide information and recommendations on ergonomics, body mechanics, symptom management and work simplification.
If a worker can’t return to a pre-injury job, the OT can help determine safe, modified or alternate duties, allowing the worker to continue gainful employment with an employer.