April is National Occupational Therapy Month! So we wanted to help everyone understand what this therapy is, and how it’s different from physical therapy. The purpose of occupational therapy is to help people do the things they want and need to do on a daily basis. Whether it’s returning to a normal day at home, school, or back to do what their job requires, occupational therapists help people of all ages to live their life to its fullest.
Some common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from an injury to regain their skills, helping children with disabilities to participate in school or social situations, and providing support for the elderly who are experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Typical occupational therapy services include:
- An evaluation to identify current condition or injury status and determine individual goals
- An individual, customized plan to improve the patient’s ability to do daily activities
- An outcome evaluation to make sure the patient meets their individual goals
Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy Treatment
What’s the difference between occupational and physical therapy? This is a question we get from patients, and while there are many similarities, there’s a pretty key fundamental difference.
Physical therapists are trained to assist patients using therapeutic modalities and exercises. This is similar to occupational therapy, however physical therapists primarily work with patients who are recovering from injuries.
Occupational therapists are also trained to treat patients with hands-on rehab, exercise and treatment methods. However, in occupational therapy treatment, there is more of a focus on accomplishing day-to-day tasks. This is because OT patients may be recovering from an injury or they could have a developmental disability or cognitive disability.
Do you have additional questions about occupational therapy and want to know if it’s right for you? We’d be happy to talk to you!
What is Occupational Therapy? | National OT Month
AOTA ‘What is OT?’–– http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth/what-is-OT.aspx