Physical therapists, often referred to
as PTs, work with individuals of all ages, from birth to geriatric
patients, with medical problems or health-related conditions, illnesses,
injuries or imbalances which limit their ability to move and perform functional
activities. Physical therapists are movement and exercise specialists
and are considered experts in the science of movement disorders. PTs examine individuals and develop treatment plans to
promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent
disability. Physical therapists also work to prevent the loss of
mobility before it occurs.
For more information on what physical therapy is and how it can help you, please visit the APTA's "Move Forward" website.
Occupational therapists, often referred to as OTs, help individuals to get back what they have lost and help them to return to their same level of functioning before their disability after suffering from any number of debilitating medical conditions. Through effective treatment, individuals can improve their ability to perform tasks in their everyday lives, while being encouraged to maintain an independent life. Therapists also work to provide guidance and support for both family members and caregivers, such as recommendations for adaptive equipment and usage, complete performance assessments with the client, and help to give a comprehensive home and job site evaluation with the client's best interest in mind. These practitioners also work with children from birth through geriatric patients.
Occupational therapy promotes increased my awareness of those everyday tasks that require a certain level of precision and skill that we sometimes take for granted, such as brushing our teeth, tying shoes, and combing our hair.