Occupational Therapyvs Physical therapyThe distinguishing characteristics of each field<br />By: Rose Nguyen<br />(“Universal Cuff for Feeding”)<br />(“Physical Therapy”)<br />
What is Occupational Therapy?<br />“a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation and is widely used in physical, mental and community health settings”<br />-MedhaGodbole<br />
What is Physical Therapy?<br />“focused more on treating a person’s injury itself and on helping to prevent injuries… will diagnose and treat the physical source of the problem; the injured tissues and structures”<br />-Physical Therapy Web Space<br />
What Do Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Do?<br />Rehabilitate patients using training and exercises<br />Prevent future injuries<br />Assist patients in resuming their daily activities<br />Use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain daily work skills<br />Improve basic motor functions<br />Help clients to have independent, productive lives<br />Physical Therapy<br />Occupational Therapy<br />
What Settings Do PTs and OTs work in?<br />Although most physical therapists and occupational therapists work in hospitals, many also work in schools, nursing homes, and outpatient clinics<br />Some physical therapists and occupational therapists even work in people’s homes<br />
The Negative Effects of Not Receiving Treatment from OT or PT<br />The need to depend on others to perform everyday activities<br />Depression<br />Loss of Self Confidence<br />Possibility of losing mobility to the injured area<br />Not being able to perform daily activities without help<br />Possibly lead to future injuries<br />Occupational Therapy<br />Physical Therapy<br />
Benefits of OT and PT<br />Improve motor skills to perform everyday functions<br />Regain a sense of independence<br />Gain a sense of confidence and happiness<br />Prevent long term pain through exercise and treatment<br />Gain full range of mobility from damaged areas<br />Ability to perform everyday activities<br />Occupational Therapy<br />Physical Therapy<br />
Distinguishing characteristics of OT and PT<br />Uses their techniques to help their patients perform everyday activities<br />Focuses on the mental aspect of a patient through therapy to assist them in gaining independence and happiness<br />Uses their techniques to treat specific injured areas <br />Focuses on the physical aspect of a patient to help them regain their full mobility of their body<br />Occupational Therapy<br />Physical Therapy<br />
Collaboration of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy<br />“Most often, physical and occupational therapists work together to provide rehabilitation therapy. This collaborative effort ensures a patient can move well and remain as independent as possible with caring for him or herself”<br />-Pamela Pope<br />
Sources<br />Godbole, Medha. "Occupational Therapy vsPhysical Therapy." Buzzle.com. Buzzle.com, inc., n.d. Web. 22 Feb 2011.<br />"Occupational Physical Therapy? Differences Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy." Physical Therapy web Space. The Physical Therapy Web Space, n.d. Web. 22 Feb 2011.<br />Physical Therapy. Digital image. Web. 23 Feb 2011. <http://www.sfsu.edu/~bulletin/noindex/0304/programs/physicat.h tml><br />Pope, Pamela. "Physical Vs. Occupational Therapy: Differences in the Field of Elder Care." Associated Content. Yahoo!, 16 May 2008. Web. 22 Feb 2011.<br />Univeral Cuff for Feeding. Digital image. Occupational Therapy. Web. 23 Feb 2011. <http://www.fanpop.com/spots/occupational- therapy/images/397045/title/universal-cuff-feeding-photo><br />
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