Carolinas HealthCare System
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Glossary of Trauma Terms

Occupational Therapists
Occupational therapy is rehabilitation related to impairments of the upper extremity (i.e., shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand). Occupational therapy practitioners work to identify deficits in the ability to perform self-care, home management, and outside activities, including work, that are caused by an upper extremity injury. They specialize therapeutic exercise, sensory re-education, scar management, training in activities of daily living, desensitization, pain management and education for post-injury safety.