HONOLULU - April is Occupational Therapy Month! On Apr. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., stop by the Occupational Therapy Clinic Open House at Tripler Army Medical Center to learn more about what occupational therapy can do for you!

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)? At the Tripler OT Clinic, our goal is to help Soldiers, family members, and retirees participate in daily living through the therapeutic use of activities to regain functional independence. People recovering from physical or mental injury sometimes require assistance with the life skills necessary for work, play, and leisure. Using a variety of interventions occupational therapists (OTs) are uniquely adept at tailoring activities to meet the client's needs.

At Tripler, 16 OT employees treat more than 17,000 patients each year. Through an individualized evaluation, OTs work with the patients and family members to determine their goals which may be as simple as relieving pain, achieving independence, preventing injury, cooking a meal, folding clothes, or recovering from memory loss.

OT differs from physical therapy in the way we utilize activities in cognitive therapy, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) retraining, community re-integration, use of adaptive equipment (including current technological advances) to regain function, sensory integration, work hardening, ergonomics, vision therapy, fabrication of custom orthotics, driving rehabilitation, and pediatric interventions.

The OT department at TAMC offers services in the following areas: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Inpatient Rehabilitation, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Outpatient, and Lymphedema.

-TBI OT consists of aiding in the recovery of individuals who have a mild traumatic brain injury and post-concussive symptoms, including headaches, vestibular, vision and sleep disturbances.

-Behavioral Health OT consists of teaching life skills classes to aid in psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other personality disorders.

-Inpatient OT facilitates early mobilization, restoring function in meaningful activities using adaptive equipment and a variety of interventions to prevent further decline, and coordinate care, including transition and discharge planning.

-Pediatric OT evaluates, creates an appropriate plan of care, and treats children with special needs while also collaborating with parents and caregivers to provide home programs which will improve the child's performance in school and home.

-Outpatient Orthopedic OT evaluates and treats cumulative trauma disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, De Quervain's tenosynovitis, and tennis elbow.

-Lymphedema care is available for individuals who have severe edema due to breast cancer, surgery, or trauma.

Meet our dedicated staff members and learn more about what OT services can do for you at Tripler's Occupational Therapy Clinic Open House, Apr. 18, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the OT Clinic, Wing 3F Mountainside.

We look forward to seeing you there!