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Boost Your PT Income by 20% through Hand Therapy Certification

Author Travel Force Staffing | 09.20 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, certifications, Education, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Ongoing Education, Physical Therapist Education, Physical Therapist Licensing, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Experienced physical therapists can boost their income by up to 20% by becoming a certified hand therapist (CHT). Hand therapy has traditionally been the primary domain of occupational therapists; however there is a strong demand for PT hand therapists amongst many in the medical community.

Cindy Johnson, PT, DPT, CHT, president of the hand rehabilitation section for the American Physical Therapy Association stated, “There is a shortage in general of hand therapists, but PT hand therapists are sought after. They are never wanting for a job.”

CHTs treat more than the hand

Hand rehabilitation includes not just the hand but the wrist, elbow, and shoulder girdle. The practice merges physical and occupational therapy by combining PTs structural knowledge of the upper limb with OTs expertise with functional activities.hand therapy certification

Hand therapists may treat patients for a number of reasons including:

  • Structural damage from severe burns
  • Nerve compression syndrome
  • Tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Flexor tendon rehabilitation from surgery or injury

Advantages of having a CHT Designation

Current research presents a strong link between the health of the spine and the operation of the upper limb. Johnson states, “Research is coming out stating you can’t treat the hand without treating the spine. That is not part of an OT practice, but it is part of a PT practice.” A study posted in the Journal of Manual Manipulative Therapy by Joshua Cleland, DPT OCS demonstrates that patients with tennis elbow have improved treatment results when therapy is directed toward the cervicthoracic spine in addition to the elbow.

Physical therapists with a CHT designation can increase their patient load:

  • By offering a higher level of skill
  • By treating multiple trauma patients with severe hand and upper limb injuries
  • Through increased referrals from hand surgeons who are increasingly opting for CHTs

Physical therapists with a CHT make up only 14% of the 5,510 hand therapists in the United States. Physical therapists choosing to pursue the hand therapy certification require five years of experience as a full-time PT. Before an applicant can write the half-day certification exam, they must complete and document at least 4,000 hours of direct hand therapy treatments.

Advance Your CHT Career with Travel Therapy Jobs

Physical and occupational therapists receive free continuing education classes and certifications through our travel therapy jobs program. Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. Find therapy jobs at facilities offering the latest technology and advancements in your field. We have jobs in Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals rated the best by U.S. News & World Report.

Getting started is easy taking just a few minutes. You can fill out an application online or contact us at 1-800-617-0608 to speak with an expert consultant.

Physical Therapists Travel to Washington to Change Medicare Reimbursement for the Better

Author Travel Force Staffing | 08.22 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Here’s What Every Therapist Should Know

On July 22, 2013 physical therapists from across the United States, chosen by the APTA’s Private Practice Section lobbied Congress in Washington D.C.  They were tasked with the very important goal of discussing some of the current problems with Medicare reimbursement—issues that range from the Sustainable Growth Rate and its negative impact on payment rates, to therapy caps that limit patients’ access to the best possible care. At the end of the first ever “fly-in”, solutions to many problems affecting therapy jobs were reached.

As many already know, the current payment scheme makes it hard for physical therapists to earn reasonable reimbursements when they treat Medicare patients, who are perhaps the neediest group when it comes to allied health services. Because of the recession and economic hardship felt all around, Congress has called a moratorium on payment reductions every year—while this is great news for therapists who would otherwise see a 29% drop in payments from Medicare, many did not want to revisit the short-term fix again next year; they lobbied for change now.

A short list of the problems physical therapists have lobbied Congress to address and solve:PTs in Washington

  • Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR): The SGR is crippled by 1997’s Balanced Budget Act; physical therapists are lobbying to replace this dinosaur with the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 574). This bill would repeal and replace the SGR formula that determines Medicare payment rates, ensuring that therapists are paid fairly and commensurate with the current value of their services.
  • Medicare Therapy Cap: Another part of 1997’s Balanced Budget Act that negatively impacts therapists is the Medical Therapy Cap. PTs wish to replace this with the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act (H.R. 713/S. 367), which would permanently repeal the arbitrary annual per-beneficiary cap for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. This bill would eliminate a lot of paperwork and frustration for therapists across the United States, and better yet give continuous and higher quality of care to their patients.
  • Multiple Procedure Payment Reduction: One of the goals of lobbying Congress was to stop this practice, wherein Congress uses inaccurate data to reduce payments to physical therapists and use the savings to patch the flawed SGR formula.
  • “Substitute therapists” policy: When physical therapists in private practice take a leave of absence, current government policies prevent them from hiring a qualified replacement. APTA’s private practice section has asked Congress to add physical therapists to the list of professionals allowed to bring qualified temporary substitute professionals when the practice owner needs to be away.
  • Medicare Opt Out: Because physical therapists are not presently permitted to opt-out of Medicare and treat these patients privately, PTs are lobbying Congress to be included in the list of professionals allowed to do so; they believe this option enables them to better serve their patients.
  • Curbing Fraud and Abuse: Part of the physical therapists’ lobby was in recommending cost saving measures for Congress, so that over-utilization of therapy services is no longer as prevalent.

Positive Change Happens When You Align your Talents with Like-minded Forces

Whether they work in private practices or for healthcare employers, therapists can all agree that high-quality, cost-effective physical therapy is something every patient deserves.  If you’re looking for therapy jobs that foster ideal relationships between therapists and patients, then Travel Force Staffing wants to know you; just call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to connect with a consultant today. Positive changes are coming to the healthcare landscape, and we look forward to meeting dynamic, innovative and highly adaptable clients who embody all that and more. Talk to you soon!

**Information used in this article was taken from The Lund Report’s Story on Medicare Reimbursement and from this therapist’s story about the fly-in in The Post-Journal.   

Physical & Occupational Therapists in the Top 3 for Job Satisfaction

Author Travel Force Staffing | 07.31 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Healthcare workers come in third nationwide as those most satisfied in their jobs following only engineering and finance professionals, according to a recent survey.

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and nurses are not only satisfied with their jobs but are also the top three healthcare professions most in demand across the country. And while healthcare employment demand is high in both urban and rural settings, it’s medical providers in the states of Texas, California, Illinois, and New York that are most actively recruiting for nursing, occupational and physical therapy jobs.

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Therapy Professions in High Demand

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that from 2010 to 2020:

  • Physical therapist jobs will grow 39%
  • Occupational Therapist jobs will grow 33%
  • Respiratory Therapist jobs will grow by 28%
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant jobs will grow by 41%

High-Paying Permanent, Per Diem, and Travel Therapy Jobs Available

Across the nation, therapists are joining a growing trend toward a more adventurist work/life balance and with higher pay and benefits.

If you’ve ever imagined of what it may be like to live and work in another part of country but were unsure how you could manage the move then travel therapy jobs may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

With positions available nationwide, we are able to selectively offer those assignments that meet your salary requirements as well as geographical desires…

  • You want to spend the winter months skiing in Colorado?
  • The beaches of Florida or California?
  • Or even the bustling cities of New York or Las Vegas?

…we can make it happen.

In addition, the Tax Advantage Plan increases take home pay for travel therapists who qualify for tax advantage benefits. Take home pay increases by as much as 15% for meals and incidentals. Travel therapists earn an average compensation of over $70,000 and with benefits, such as free housing and health insurance; total compensation can reach $100,000 per year.

Free Deluxe Private Housing Accommodations

Therapy jobs at Travel Force Staffing include safe, secure housing and apartments conveniently located to stores, restaurants and public transportation. We encourage therapists to travel with family, friends and pets. You tell us with whom you’re traveling and we’ll find you suitable housing.

Travel Force Staffing specializes in career opportunities for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied professionals. We make it easy to find high-Paying Permanent, Per Diem, and Travel Therapy Jobs in select specialties nationwide.

Contact us now online to find out how easy it is to land your dream job in the geographic area of your choosing. Or speak to a Travel Force representative toll-free at 800-617-0608.

Physical and Occupational Therapists among the Top Ten Jobs in the Nation

Author Travel Force Staffing | 07.02 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

A recent study in the Washington Post*  has ranked the top 10 jobs in the United States for 2013. While many of the occupations have remained the same, some have shifted their position in this year’s ranking.

Occupational Therapists (OT) professionals hold the number 7 position in the 2012 ranking while Physical Therapists (PT) came in at number 9 based on a methodology based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Physical Therapist careers carry an average pay of over $76,000.00 annually while Occupational Therapists enjoy an average annual salary of over $72,000.00.

Physical Therapists

Physical therapy jobs are available nationwide on a permanent basis as well as travel and per diem assignments. Healthcare employers posting the greatest number of positions  include  rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, out-patient centers, and top rehabilitation hospitals around the country.

The highest earning packages include top pay and benefits for contract travel assignments; with free private housing or stipend, free health insurance, travel, 401k plan and more.

Occupational Therapists

As an Occupational Therapist, there are thousands of positions staffed in the USA each year and many are on a travel assignment basis. These assignments provide phenomenal benefits in a variety of locations where accommodations are provided along with free health insurance including dental and life.

Travel Force Staffing is one of the industry leaders in matching position openings for Occupational and Physical Therapists. All qualifications are considered intently to ensure that you are right for the position and location.

Our promise includes promoting your experience, strengths and preferences to the hiring managers and assures you of the highest pay possible. Travel Force Staffing brings you to the employer or employee of your choice.

Apply to Travel Force today to find that Occupational or Physical Therapist position that is waiting for you.  Call now at 800-617-0608 or apply online.

Physical and Occupational Therapists among the Top Ten Jobs in 2013

** Source www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-10-best-and-worst-jobs-of-2013/2013/

For Healthcare Employers and Job Seeking Therapists Alike, Staffing Consultants Are a Win-Win!

Author Travel Force Staffing | 06.10 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist

Our recruiters use cutting edge technology in their selection process, but there’s more to it than that. They also value their career development partnerships, and work hard to maintain them; these alliances with universities and physical therapy programs throughout the United States put recruitment staff in contact with both new therapy graduates and veterans of the allied healthcare field. Though consultants review thousands of applications via an internal database, the process gets more personal when they have the distinct pleasure of meeting one-on-one with the talented therapists who come to college career fairs. The goal is to work closely with candidates, ultimately landing them high income and rewarding therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States.

While it’s true that a consultant helps the therapist find his or her way in a fiercely competitive field, the end-result of working together is a win-win, not just for the job applicant, but for the healthcare employer as well. The win win situation for hospitals and therapistsconsultant vets the best physical therapists, PTAs, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists for therapy careers that help define rehab centers, out-patient clinics, skilled nursing facilities and more as among the best in America. Their approach to staffing hospitals is invaluable in the face of healthcare reform and the millions of newly entitled patients who will inevitably seek therapy from an allied healthcare professional.

Here are just a few more reasons why it’s a win-win for therapists and healthcare employers when they use a staffing consultant to fulfill their employment goals. Find these and other related statistics on Travel Force Staffing’s site.

  • The 39% surge in physical therapy jobs projected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics will open up some 77,000 more therapy jobs between now and 2020.
  • Rather than feel overwhelmed, healthcare employers have every reason to sit back, relax and let highly trained recruiters provide a complete profile, skills checklists, license verification and references with every candidate submitted.
  • The “very best” healthcare talent, classified as the top 10 percent, can expect to earn more than $100,000 a year!

Healthcare Employers, Post Your On-Line Positions with the Staffing Pros!  

Therapists with advanced clinical training and amazing potential know that short-term therapy jobs offer more than just high pay and the flexibility to do and see more; they also know that travel therapy jobs are an excellent opportunity for professional growth; these allied healthcare workers need only call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online to learn more. Hospitals interested in staffing the best of the best are encouraged to post your positions online today!

Attention Therapists: Here are 5 Smart Phone Apps That Help You Track the Weather during Hurricane Season

Author Travel Force Staffing | 05.23 | Category Allied Healthcare, How to Tips, iPad Apps, Physical Therapy, Product Reviews, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Chances are every healthcare professional has a smartphone with a variety of useful apps. Why not take advantage of these—especially the free ones offered for Andriods and iPads—and stay well informed about approaching storms? Whether it’s a mild tropical disturbance or a category four hurricane, therapists in all 50 U.S. states need to be prepared!

During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 26th through June 1st, therapists in the most vulnerable travel therapist states should take these apps into account.

  • The Weather Channel: This is the most well recognized resource. It’s also a free app for just about all smartphones. It’s like having the weather channel on, but in your pocket. The app gives hourly updates—not onlyhurricane tips weather app tracking the storm, but predicting what it will do next. The app also color codes regions most important to you by threat level.
  • WeatherBug provides up-to-the-minute forecasts and alerts, plus Doppler views of the storm. For those in Florida therapy jobs, i.e.in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, this app is terrific. It’s a nominal $1.99 fee for both iPad and Android users, and is ad free!
  • Hurricane Tracker includes updates from the National Hurricane Center, tropical wave data, threat-level maps, audio and video news updates, plus push alerts for your mobile devices. Android and iPad users can also check out a similar app called Hurricane Software that is free.
  • Sun Sentinel Sources for Florida Therapists: Since hurricanes tend to dominate the south Florida region, it makes sense to consult the South Florida Sun Sentinel News, Hurricane Headquarters and Ken Kaye’s Storm Center during the approach of any storm.
  • Florida Radars HD: This app is 99 cents and for the iPad only. It tracks radar views from eight different areas across the state for up-to-the-minute information on building or approaching storm systems. You can modify the app so the default screen covers South or Central Florida.

Stay Well Connected in Your Travel Therapy Job by Treating Your Phone Right during the Storm  

What good are smartphone apps if your phone is damaged, or not charged on a regular basis during the approach of a storm? Therapists are encouraged to keep their phones safe, dry and in mint condition, whether they are at the hospital, in the process or evacuating or waiting out the storm in safe physical therapist housing accommodations. The best and first thing to do is program emergency numbers into your phone RIGHT NOW if you haven’t done so already. Make sure you print the list, so you don’t have to waste precious power looking numbers up when you need them. It’s also a good idea to save important websites to your phone’s browser.

Keep your cell phone dry by keeping it, and all its accessories, in a Ziplock bag. Remember, too, to conserve battery power by texting rather than talking; your text message is likely to be better understood than your voice during emergency weather. And last but not least, create a family communication plan. Designate a central contact, who can alert your loved ones that you are safe. Travel Force Staffing consultants hope you stay in touch in the event of a storm, and contact them for 24/7 round the clock client service. Hurricane season lasts from June through November, but your consultants are here for you, year round when you call 1-800-617-0608. Get more information on evacuation maps and shelters, should you need it. Keep safe, friends!

Footnote:

The following links will connect travel therapists with the smartphone apps discussed in this article: WeatherBug;

The Weather Channel;

South Florida Sun Sentinel News;

Ken Kaye’s Storm Center and

Hurricane Headquarters. Other app links include

Hurricane Tracker and

Florida Radars HD.

Occupational Therapists in the Spotlight This Month, Helping Patients Drive Safely

Author Travel Force Staffing | 05.08 | Category Allied Healthcare, Contests, Monthly Events, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

May is National Mobility Month

When it comes to helping patients recover or improve basic motor skills for daily tasks, occupational therapy is key, so it only stands to reason OTs are instrumental in helping patients drive. That’s why National Mobility Month this May snags the attention of allied health professionals, particularly occupational therapists who play a pivotal role in sport wheelchair assessments; these OTs help wheelchair athletes, looking for a chair that delivers functionality and comfort.

Transportation that is wheelchair friendly can require expertise and adjustments that occupational therapists may be specifically trained to give—inspirational stories worth sharing often come with the job. OTs who understand this may be interested in the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), and its contest that is looking to feature “local heroes” who thrive and excel in spite of handicap. If you are a therapist who knows someone deserving of a nomination, you can visit NMEDA’s site and enter them in a contest accepting entries throughout the United States and Canada. The prize is a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle.

This excellent idea, one that promotes the understanding that people with disabilities can live active, mobile lifestyles, was conceived of at the 22nd Annual NMEDA Conference in Phoenix; now in its 2nd year, National Mobility Month has been designated in the Congressional Record by the U.S. House of Representatives. If they don’t already know, occupational therapists should learn about NMEDA; it’s a non-profit trade association of hundreds of mobility equipment dealers, manufacturers and driver rehabilitation specialists dedicated to improving transportation options for the disabled.Occupational Therapy and national mobility month

These are just a few facts occupational therapists might share with patients and the general public that promote awareness for National Mobility Awareness month:

  • 6 million Americans with disabilities are veterans.
  • People with disabilities constitute the 2nd largest minority in the United States.
  • Over 18 million people in the U.S. and Canada have mobility issues and may someday require the expertise of an occupational therapist or other allied health professional.

Helping patients come up with automotive mobility solutions is a big part of OT jobs. For those patients who need guidance differentiating between safe and unreliable vehicles, therapists might consider disseminating information about National Mobility Awareness month and its ties to NMEDA.

Move Forward with Therapy Jobs During Mobility Month and Year Round

If you’re looking to touch the lives of patients in need of rehabilitation and a return to an active and mobile life, Travel Force Staffing has rewarding therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. states and would be happy to assist you when you call 1-800-617-0608 or apply online. Moving forward is what we’re all about!

Aging Boomers Offer New Opportunity for Occupational Therapy Job Growth

Author Travel Force Staffing | 04.08 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist, Video

There are two statistics that occupational therapists should be aware of when it comes to home health. The first is that 80% of those 50 years of age and older desire to age in their own homes or “age in place” and the second is that sixty percent of all falls occur in the home. Home health occupational therapists can help reduce falls by consulting patients on how to reduce environmental hazards in the home. Of course, home modifications are required for all types of clients with various health conditions including cognitive disorders or sensory and mobility impairments.

The home modification process includes a needs assessment, solution options and evaluation, patient training, and an outcome evaluation. A full assessment includes ADL activities such as personal hygiene, dressing, eating, and functional mobility as well as IADL chores such as housecleaning, shopping, communications, and transportation. Hobbies and recreational activities should also be factored in for a well-rounded lifestyle.

Home Health Advancements

Occupational therapy practitioners work individually with patients and clients to devise adaptations to the home environment in order to increase independence, promote health, and prevent further decline or injury.

Home health occupational therapists can suggest the products that will most benefit physically-limited patients. Low-cost solutions may include grab bars in bathrooms, rearranging furniture, levered handles on doors and sinks, handrails installed on either side of the stairway, clutter removal, and assistive devices. Higher-priced options may include wheelchair lifts and ramps, stair lifts, roll-in showers, tub benches, and even home renovation such as expanded doorways or the addition of a first floor bedroom.

Home health OT practitioners understand the functional impact of acute and chronic conditions that affect performance skills and mobility and can serve as a consultant to contractors, builders, architects, and community groups that provide home modification services.

Travel Force Staffing provides travel, temporary, and permanent staffing services to Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals nationwide. Specialty positions include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied health professionals.

Source: http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/typesofphysicaltherapy/a/Falls.htm

Treating Occupational and Physical Therapy Patients with Aquatic Therapy

Author Travel Force Staffing | 04.02 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, How to Tips, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist

Occupational and physical therapists have been using water as a means to rehabilitate the human body for centuries. Water provides a means of non-impact resistance that is ideal for rehabilitating musculoskeletal disorders.

A recent study by the University of Wisconsin shows that hydrotherapy is beneficial for improving flexibility, sleep patterns and can relieve joint and muscle pain in adults that have a history of orthopedic discomfort. Proponents claim an increase in blood flow along with an improved flow of cellular breakdown byproducts to the lymphatic system for disposal.

A number of physical and occupational therapy techniques that have been developed are based on the buoyancy and resistant properties of water. Body weight is decreased while in the water and reduces stress on affected areas such as injured joints or muscles. It also is a resting place for muscles that would otherwise be used to support the body on land thereby relieving burden on the spine.

Stimulates Blood Circulation

Water temperature and pressure can be modulated in order to stimulate blood circulation to the injured area bringing fresh oxygenunderwater therapy and nutrients to engage the healing process. Hydrotherapy, as employed by physical and occupational therapists, now involve the use of mineral baths, underwater massage, water jets, whirlpool baths, hot tubs, and cold immersion or cryotherapy depending on the type of injury.

Additionally, most aquatic therapy pools in hospital and rehab center settings have hoists for lifting patients in and out of the pool, as well as walking bars and specially designed handles for those who have difficulty or who find it painful to move around without added assistance.

As aquatic therapy has developed, physical appliances have evolved to enhance the rehabilitation process. Therapy pools can be equipped with aids such as underwater treadmills, therapy jets, movable floors for depth variations along with hydro massage and underwater cameras. There are a number of accessories available to assist with the program including flotation devices, kickboards, barbells and webbed gloves.

Occupational and physical therapists can utilize aquatic therapy to treat musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders in order to reduce pain and muscle spasm as well as increase range of motion, strengthen weakened muscles, induce blood circulation, improve balance and coordination, and re-educate paralyzed muscles.

Travel Force Staffing provides travel, temporary, and permanent staffing services to Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals nationwide. Specialty positions include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied health professionals.

 

Source: www.hydroworx.com/research-education/research-studies/

Occupational Therapists Can Play Pivotal Role in Sport Wheelchair Assessments

Author Travel Force Staffing | 03.25 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, How to Tips, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist, Video, Videos

Studies have provided empirical data that physical exercise, sports, and recreation are important components of a healthy lifestyle. And that rings especially true for those who use wheelchairs in their daily lives. Sport wheelchairs have made tremendous advances over the years and the technology and materials used in these personal vehicles have enhanced the wheelchair athlete’s ability and comfort in their sports participation.

Occupational therapists can play a pivotal role in selecting a suitable sports wheelchair that fits the user’s unique characteristics.

Fit, Performance, and Comfort

Occupational therapists and their patients have never had so many choices to consider when custom designing the optimum unit for their chosen sport. Whether the preference is basketball, tennis or even extreme sports, each athlete’s sport wheelchair can be custom made for efficiency and durability.

The use of titanium or aluminum in the composition of the frame offers a more mobile and versatile manoeuvrability. Built in shock absorbers reduce the impact on the body.

Special tires and tread configurations reduce the wear experienced on more standard wheelchair tires as well as increase speed, traction and mobility.

Video about Cory Yeung in his new Q7  sports wheelchair and hear what he has to say about his chair and his life.

 

The customization of the chair encompasses many factors to ensure the best fit and maximum performance. It starts with chair and body measurements, rollability including the proper tires for the sport, upholstery, frame configuration and ease of use.

Construction of the frame for lasting durability is based on the user’s center of gravity.  Wheels and casters are fitted strategically for greater mobility.  Alignment of the chair and proper axle adjustment are equally important to ensure accuracy of the intended action.  Rear non-tip wheels are installed based on the exertion of the desired sport.

There are many sports for mobility challenged athletes to participate in with confidence and reliability.  Rugby, racing, hockey and football are a few of the more popular choices.  Each chair can be configured to any sport or a generic chair may be best for the athlete that participates in multiple sports.

Assessments and Accessibility

Occupational Therapists can complete a sports wheelchair assessment including the size and shape of the patient, functional abilities, home and work environment, single- or multi-sport, indoor or outdoor recreation, and the need for special components such as head and backrests, extra padding, footrests, or wheel size and maneuverability. Occupational therapists can assist wheelchair athletes choose a chair that provides maneuverability and, more importantly, comfort.

In addition to the wheelchair assessments, occupational therapists can offer their expertise to making adjustments in the home to accommodate the sports wheelchair user. Accessibility issues such as ramps, storage, and transporting the wheelchair to events and games are some of the areas occupational therapists can advise their patients.

Wheelchair Accessible Home Video

 

Travel Force Staffing provides travel, temporary, and permanent staffing services to Outpatient Centers, Rehab Centers, skilled nursing facilities, and top rehabilitation hospitals nationwide. Specialty positions include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, PTAs, Speech Language Pathologists and other allied health professionals.