An occupational therapist is a health professional specializing in evaluation and treatment of various diagnoses that limit functional independence, which can include driving. Recovery after an injury to your hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder can be difficult, as can recovery from a knee or ankle injury. An Occupational Therapist can help you return to your work, sporting and home activities.
After receiving a doctor’s order, the occupational therapist will generally evaluate the following:
- Range of motion
- Skin and/or wound condition
- Functional postures and body mechanics
The Occupational Therapy Association of Oregon's Web site
provides information on occupational therapy resources throughout the state.
Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
A driver rehabilitation specialist (DRS) evaluates a client's driving skills, recommends rehabilitation as needed, and can suggest vehicle and/or route modifications such as avoiding left hand turns to enable the person to resume or continue driving safely. The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
can assist with finding a driver rehabilitation specialist in your area.