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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Azalea occupational therapyOccupational therapy, “OT”, is a discipline of rehabilitation to help people regain the skills, movement and strength necessary for functioning independently and at an optimal level in daily tasks, work, hobbies and sport. The Occupational Therapists at Azalea Orthopedics treat shoulder orthopedic injuries, elbow and hand orthopedic injuries, and neurological and neuromuscular injuries. Treatment focuses on decreasing pain and swelling, increasing range or motion, increasing strength and endurance, conditioning for return to work, and conditioning for return to sport. Postural education is provided so that proper spine and shoulder alignment is attained and weaknesses are addressed to maximize strength and core stability of the entire upper body. The goal is to return people back to their pre-injury level of performance. In the case of severe orthopedic or neurological injuries, we help a person regain as much function as possible and adapt as needed for successful completion of daily living tasks and/or work.

What sets Azalea Orthopedics’ Occupational Therapists Apart?

Our Occupational Therapists receive specialized training in the rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. They will work with your physician to design a treatment plan to best suit your individual needs. Our rehabilitation team have developed long-standing relationships with area physicians as well as physicians in the Dallas metroplex, Houston and Bryan/College Station. Referring physicians include orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, pain management specialists, rheumatologists, and neurologists. Being an upper extremity specialty clinic, we also receive referrals from out of state physicians for people who have been injured while on vacation, out or state, or athletes who have had surgery performed by team physicians.

Our therapists are trained in the fabrication and application of custom made and off the shelf orthotics including static and dynamic splints, braces and casts. These devices are designed to either protect and limit motion or mobilize a joint to maximize range of motion and function. Your therapist will work with your physician to design an orthotic to best suit your needs based upon your condition and goal of the device.

Conditions Treated By Occupational Therapists

Common conditions treated by our Occupational Therapists include:

Shoulder

  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Shoulder/Humerus Fractures
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Ligament Repairs
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Instabilities
  • Labral Repair
  • Biceps Tenodesis
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Tendonitis/Bursitis
  • Brachial Plexus Injury

Elbow

  • Elbow Fractures/Repair
  • Tommy John Elbow
  • Tommy John Repair
  • Tennis Elbow (lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (medial Epicondylitis)
  • Ulnar Nerve Entrapment/Surgery
  • Radial Tunnel Syndrome
  • Biceps Injury/Repair
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Radial Head Replacement
  • Radial Collateral Ligament
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Triceps Injury/Repair

Wrist

  • Carpal Fractures and Repair
  • Distal Radius Fracture and Repair
  • Ulnar Fractures and Repair
  • Carpal and Ligament Instabilities
  • Tendon Repairs
  • Ganglion Cyst Excision
  • Arthritis and reconstructions
  • Dequervain’s Tenosynovitis/Surgery
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon Transfers

Hand

  • Fractures
  • Tendon Injury and Repairs
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/Release
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Ulnar Nerve Release
  • Trigger Finger/Release
  • Thumb Base Arthritis/Reconstruction
  • Ligament Injury/Repair
  • Tendon Transfers
  • Arthritis

Neurological Conditions

  • Weakness following Cervical Spine
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Joint Contractures
  • Post Botox injection contracture management And splinting
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/RSD

Other Conditions

  • Burns
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  • Skin Grafts
  • Nerve Grafts
  • Congenital conditions affecting the Upper Extremities
  • Prosthetic training for cable driven prosthetics and Myoelectric Prosthesis

Azalea Orthopedics’ Occupational Therapists

Azalea Orthopedics’ Occupational Therapists

Carol Hinojosa

Carol graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. She is licensed in Texas and with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). She has clinical experience in orthopedics in outpatient, acute, and subacute settings with the majority of her career spent at Azalea Orthopedics specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. She has a special interest in upper extremity fracture management and shoulder rehabilitation. She lives in Tyler with her husband and 2 children. They enjoy outdoor activities and travel.

Drew Wook

Drew did his undergraduate and graduate studies at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw Michigan. He is licensed in Texas and with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) since 2012. The first four years of his career were spent in inpatient rehabilitation where he became NEURO-IFRAH and SAEBO certified. He transitioned to outpatient orthopedics in January of 2016 and plans to spend the rest of his career specializing in rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder in the outpatient orthopedic setting. Outside of work he enjoys being active in sports and the outdoors.

Todd Byrne

Todd graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy. He is licensed in Texas and with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). He has been a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) since 2000. He has spent the last 20 years of his career specialized in rehabilitation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. He has been involved with the rehabilitation of athletes including numerous high school, collegiate and professional athletes who have underwent Tommy John repair of the elbow. He lives in Tyler with his wife and two children. They enjoy travel, sports , golf and outdoor activities.

Pam Cochrane

Pam has worked in the Occupational Therapy department for five years. She assists the Occupational Therapists with clinic organization and supplies, scheduling, making sure patients feel comfortable, and with information intake. Pam is a native of East Texas and was raised in Troup. Pam has 3 children and multiple grandchildren which she adores. She is very involved with her church and uses her beautiful singing voice for the church music ministry. Pam has yet to meet a stranger. She is very fond of the Texas A&M Aggies.

Contact Azalea Orthopedics Occupational Therapy Clinic

We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our office information or pertaining to orthopedics or occupational therapy. Beyond, we encourage you to schedule an appointment or consultation online via our appointment request form.

Clinic Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Address

Azalea Orthopedic
Main level
3414 Golden Road
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 903-939-7599

Links

American Occupational Therapy Association — aota.org
American Society of Hand Therapists — asht.org
International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine — iaom-us.com