A common question frequently asked is what the difference between physical and occupational therapy. According to the American Occupational therapy Association, OT’s help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. Occupational therapy can be used to assist children with interacting and participation in school, as well as helping individuals regain fine motor skills following an injury or traumatic event. OT’s also work with adults who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes due to aging, as well as from traumatic events such as a stroke. Occupational therapists can work in the school setting, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, long-term rehabilitation facilities, and outpatient clinics. OT’s attend a 2-year graduate program and currently, all newly graduating OT’s have a master’s degree in Occupational therapy.
Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility. PT’s assist individuals on their road to recovery/improvement following injury, traumatic event (including surgery) or generalized weakness from the aging process. PT’s work with a variety of diagnoses including stroke, musculoskeletal injury, arthritis, balance and walking difficulty, cerebral palsy, etc. Physical therapists are trained to work with the entire musculoskeletal system, including the trunk, arms and legs. Whereas, occupational therapists focus only on the arms and hands to improve functional activities. Physical therapists are able to work in the school setting, hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term rehabilitations facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. Physical therapists receive extensive training which includes a 3-year doctorate program with hands-on internships.
Both Occupational and Physical therapists are licensed healthcare providers who can assist with a variety of diagnoses, injuries and pain. If you’re not sure who is best suited to treat your particular condition, please contact us! We treat a variety of patient diagnoses, such as pain, weakness, dysfunction, post-op, lymphedema, balance disorders, and much more – all in the Clermont 34711 area!