People often ask “what is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?” Both professions are health care related, both have many similarities like assisting patients in regaining the ability to perform everyday functions, and many times the 2 will collaborate while providing care for patients.
However, each profession has a different focus. The occupational therapist is trained to modifying the physical environment as well as training the person to use assistive equipment to increase independence. They focus to help their patients engage in meaningful activities of daily living (ADLs). The physical therapist is trained to identifying and maximizing quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation. They focus on the physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being.
As an example: an occupational therapist is often involved in educating people on how to prevent and avoid injuries, as well as educating people about the healing process. Physical therapists in turn often help people improve their ability to do their daily activities through education and training. While there is this crossover between professions both play very important roles and are more specialized in their areas of expertise. In many situations, both types of health-care professional are involved in injury recovery.
Physical and occupational therapy is a booming field in the healthcare industry. Both professions require special certification and a post-bachelor’s degree to practice. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of OTs in the work force is expected to increase by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the number of PTs is expected to increase by 30 percent.
Check out the following video explaining some of the differences between occupational and physical therapist:
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