Occupational Therapist Definition

An occupational therapist is a health professional trained to assess and implement rehabilitation to help optimize functional activities for patients with disabling injuries.

For back pain, treatment focuses on using proper body mechanics which include using larger joints in movement, conserving energy by balancing work and rest, and listening to pain signals to avoid overexertion. An occupational therapist will examine overall activities of the patient at home, work, and during recreation.

Most states require licenses for those practicing occupational therapy.