Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy: What’s the Difference?

Close-up of woman using walkerYou may hear people talking about physical and occupational therapy after an injury or surgery. While closely connected, these two rehabilitation methods differ significantly. Both physical and occupational therapy are important to a complete recovery and return to activity.

Physical Therapy

A physical therapist focuses more on evaluating and treating movement dysfunctions, like pain behind the kneecap or within the foot or ankle. Physical therapy can also aid in strengthening muscles and correcting athletic form, as well as provide injury prevention education.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy assesses the daily living skills that can be affected following an injury or procedure. Skills such as bathing, dressing, and getting into a car are commonly evaluated. Occupational therapists assist patients in regaining mobility and independence after surgery or an injury. This is especially important for joint replacement patients to get them back to day-to-day activities as soon as possible.

Who needs therapy?

Physical and occupational therapy can benefit anyone who has an orthopaedic injury or surgery. Usually, your orthopaedic physician will write a prescription for one or both types of therapy.

To learn more about our physical and occupational therapies, visit www.neorthohospital.com.

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Physical Therapy vs. Occupational Therapy: What’s the Difference?