Jenna Karas, OTR/L is a board-certified occupational therapist who graduated from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebr., in May 2016. She joined 21st Century Rehab full-time in August of 2016, and began delivering inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy (OT) services at the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics.
Jenna treats patients with musculoskeletal, cognitive, visual perceptual, and neuromuscular medical conditions that affect their independence with everyday life activities such as self-care, home management, work-related tasks, among other activities.
Usually working one-on-one with patients, Jenna enables people of all ages to live life to the fullest by teaching techniques that focus on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the patient.
Here are some examples of the services Jenna provides:
- Functional capacity assessments: This includes an evaluation of the patient’s daily living needs, as well as an assessment of their home and work environments.
- Childhood development: These services help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
- Skilled Rehabilitation: Jenna works as part of a healthcare team, along with doctors, registered nurses and other types of therapists. She helps inpatients and outpatients regain or enhance their daily lives after specific events such as hip or knee replacement or a stroke.
- Work injury management: Jenna uses special assessments to determine the functional requirements of various jobs, and an employee’s capacity to return to work.
- Assistance and training in performing daily activities: Depending on the patient’s needs, assistance and training could involve personal care activities, home skills, personal management skills, or skills important to driving a motor vehicle.
- Support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes: This support can include an assessment of the patient’s abilities and environment, and the making of recommendations in use of adaptive equipment or identifying and removing potential fall hazards in the home.
- Assistive device training: This activity involves assessment and training in the use of assistive devices.
- Education: Jenna can educate a patient’s family or employer about how to accommodate and care for the patient.
- Hand therapy: Jenna teaches patients exercises to increase their strength and coordination.
- Rehabilitation from sports injuries
- Osteoporosis exercise consultation
The following conditions are some of the most common treated:
- Mental and physical impairments a person has had since birth
- Recovery and return to work after a work-related injury
- Sudden serious health conditions such as a stroke, heart attack, brain injury or amputation
- Learning and developmental disabilities
- Hand injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Neurological injuries and conditions
- Orthopedic injuries and conditions
Are you living with an injury, illness, or disability that is affecting your ability to complete your daily activities? Do you have trouble with managing everyday objects such as jars, buttons, or zippers? Do you have joint pain or weakness from a past injury or diagnosis such as arthritis or a broken bone? If any of the above sounds like you or a loved one, you may benefit from OT services.
If you have any questions about our services or might be wondering whether you may benefit from them, please speak with your physician or call the OT office at (641) 842-1464.
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