Research Article  |   January 2016
Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Lateral Epicondylitis Using the Occupational Adaptation Model
Author Affiliations
  • Stephanie Bachman, OTD, OTR/L, CHT, is Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, Walsh University, North Canton, OH; sbachman@walsh.edu
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Musculoskeletal Impairments / Departments / The Issue Is …
Research Article   |   January 2016
Evidence-Based Approach to Treating Lateral Epicondylitis Using the Occupational Adaptation Model
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2016, Vol. 70, 7002360010p1-7002360010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016972
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 2016, Vol. 70, 7002360010p1-7002360010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.016972
Abstract

The occupational therapy Centennial Vision reinforces the importance of informing consumers about the benefit of occupational therapy and continuing to advocate for the unique client-centered role of occupational therapy. Occupational therapy practitioners working in hand therapy have traditionally found it difficult to combine the biomechanical foundations of hand therapy with the fundamental client-centered tenets of occupational therapy. Embracing our historical roots will become more important as health care evolves and third-party payers continue to scrutinize the need for the profession of occupational therapy. This article outlines a client-centered approach for hand therapists for the treatment of lateral epicondylitis using the Occupational Adaptation Model.