Physical Therapy focuses primarily on pain relief, promoting healing, and restoring function and movement associated with injury.
Why do you need Physical Therapy?
If you’re experiencing pain and discomfort and are recovering from an injury you may qualify for PT.
Some activities of Physical Therapists:
- Evaluate your condition and develop a plan for therapy.
- Provide hands-on treatment for symptoms.
- Teach clients special exercises to do at home for improved function and movement.
Occupational Therapy vs Physical Therapy
The main difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that OT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform activities of daily living and PT focuses on improving a client’s ability to perform a movement of the human body.
OTs focus on adapting, modifying, or changing daily activities that a person is required or wants to do. OTs might do this by altering the activity, environment, or skills of the person.
At the personal skill level, an OT might help patients improve their fine motor skills. Fine motor skills are typically small movements made with your upper body. They are essential for many daily activities such as picking up a toothbrush and brushing your teeth, cutting your food with a fork and knife, getting dressed, using a smartphone, driving,
OTs are problem solvers who enjoy helping people better their lives by regaining independence after an injury or by helping children and adults with intellectual or developmental delays adapt to daily life. From neonatal care all the way throughout the lifespan, OTs are compassionate clinicians who consider the whole person and develop therapies taking in to account physical, emotional, and environmental factors that affect participation and performance in meaningful activities.
Physical therapist are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. They are also problem solvers who are passionate about getting their patients back on their feet. PTs focus on restoring the ability to move, reducing pain, and improving gross motor skills while promoting function and independence,and preventing disability. Gross motor skills are typically developed in childhood and are used in the movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts.
PTs often work with patients who may be recovering from an injury that has impacted these skills. The focus is not only on rehabilitation, but also on the prevention off urth injury. Functional and pain free movement is essential to ones quality of life. Physical therapists also create and develop treatment plans to improve mobility to help their patients avoid surgery or prescription pain medication. PTs also understand the emotional aspects of recovering from an injury and are often their patient’s biggest cheerleaders.