Pain is real. It can prevent people from engaging in activities that are important to them, or at the least inhibit enjoyment and full participation in those things they want and need to do. It doesn’t matter if the cause of the pain is fully understood — the person’s experience of pain is what is important, and is what affects function. As the role of an occupational therapist is to enable clients to engage in activities that they want, need, or are expected to do, OT’s have the capability to help individuals with chronic pain to better manage their lives.
The following from article from Medical Xpress sheds light onto the benefits of OT for managing chronic pain and helping sufferers maintain a better quality of life.
Learn more about how OT can assist with chronic pain in the following episdoe from our OT-V series, Managing Chronic Pain.