Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Kayla Collins, EdD, OTR/L
Thais Petrocelli, OTD, OTR/L
Mary Shotwell, PhD, OT/L
Medical Subject Headings
Occupational Therapy, Pain Management, Chronic Pain, Exercise Therapy, Ergonomics
Typically pharmaceuticals are the first intervention for chronic pain but in a world where there is an opioid crisis, and chronic pain rates rising, is there more to be done? A non-pharmaceutical approach to chronic pain management can be addressed through occupational therapy. Occupational therapists are specialized to handle these types of interventions. This capstone provides evidence to support the use of aquatic therapy, adaptive equipment, adaptive strategies, fitness-based programs, and ergonomics for a non-pharmaceutical approach in occupational therapy.
Brown, Alison L., "Non-pharmaceutical Methods for Pain Management: An Occupational Therapist’s Perspective on Chronic Pain" (2020). Student Capstone Projects. 21.