Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OT) help people improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. Services offered by our occupational therapist include ergonomic assessments, return to work planning and monitoring following an injury, job site visits (to assess whether an injured worker is able to return to work) and custom fabrication of hand and forearm splints.

Our Occupational Therapist, Sonya dasGupta, is also a CHT and treats hand-injured Worksafe BC (WCB) clients.

Occupational therapy services include:

  • Splints: We specialize in custom-made splints to assist in recovering from injuries of the hand and upper extremities, including repetitive strain injuries.
  • Ergonomic Assessments: The purpose is to determine what factors may be contributing to an individual's physical problem (e.g. assessment of a computer work station to ensure it is set up to reduce the strain to the person's neck, back or upper extremities). Assessments are done at the client's work site.
  • Job Site Visits/Return-to-Work Planning: These assessments are usually done at the request of an insurance company, such as Worksafe BC (WCB). During the job site visit, the OT assesses the physical demands of the job and the physical environment. The ability to return to work is based on this assessment and the client's specific injury and current stage of healing. The OT may also make recommendations about returning to work on a graduated basis, and whether modifications to the job demands are required (e.g. lighter duties). The OT communicates with the employer, the client, the physician and the insurance company in planning the client's return to work.