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Research Article  |   September 2002
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Hand Injuries: A Neuro-Occupational View
Author Affiliations
  • Helene Lohman, OTD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178; hgold@creighton.edu
  • Charlotte Royeen, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, Omaha, Nebraska
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Mental Health / Traumatic Hand Injuries and Neuro-Occupation
Research Article   |   September 2002
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Hand Injuries: A Neuro-Occupational View
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2002, Vol. 56, 527-537. doi:10.5014/ajot.56.5.527
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2002, Vol. 56, 527-537. doi:10.5014/ajot.56.5.527
Abstract

Using the clinical phenomenon of posttraumatic stress disorder related to traumatic hand injuries, this article conceptually explores the theoretical construct of neuro-occupation on the basis of these conditions. Neuro-occupation is an evolving concept that combines knowledge and understanding of occupation with knowledge and understanding of how the human brain functions in environmental context; thus, the concept is important to the core of occupational therapy practice. The first section of the article introduces the concept of neuro-occupation; the second provides an overview of posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic hand injury. To help therapists better understand behavior seen in clinical settings, the third section presents key neuro-occupational processes pertaining to posttraumatic stress disorder, using clinical application examples. Finally, a query about the value of neuro-occupation as a developing theoretical construct is put forth.