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.
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists