A physical therapist focusesspecifically on one injury or setof injuries. They work to rebuildmuscle groups. A PT might help rehabilitate a knee injury a basketball player received, or that lingering shoulder injury from falling down the stairs.
Occupational therapists work with patients who are stroke victims and the like, to teach them how to dress and feedthemselves, and generally liveindependently. OTs are in thebusiness of re-teaching people basic skills, some fine motor skills, etc.
For people who have suffered strokes or other completely debilitating injuries, just strengthening the muscle isnt always good enough. A lot of people lose their most basic abilities, like tying shoelaces orturning a doorknob, and its up toOTs to re-teach them those skills.
Both PTs and OTs require special certification and a post- bachelors degree. These occupations are becomingincreasingly popular, especiallyas the Baby Boomer generation starts to age. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,
the number of OTs in the workforce is expected toincrease by 26 percent between2008 and 2018, and the numberof PTs is expected to increase by 30 percent. Wages for PTs and OTs are competitive.
The median wage of a PT in 2008 was $72,790 and for an OT was $66,780. While travel physicaltherapy and travel occupational therapy jobs can earn up to $100,000+.Contact Advanced Medical today for more details.
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