Occupational therapy vs. Physical therapy
Both occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are treatments tailored for people with various impairments. PT deals mainly with physical impairments, such as injury or disease, with the goal of improving strength, mobility, or range of motion, or decreasing pain. OT deals with physical or mental impairments with the goal of helping people live as independently as possible.
Occupational therapy is a treatment that helps people with physical or mental impairments carry out the functions of everyday life. It focuses on tasks such as self-care, education, and socialization. It is a common treatment after a stroke or brain injury.
Physical therapy is the treatment of disease, injury, or impairment through mechanical means. It includes means such as stretching, massage, exercise, and heat application. It is a common treatment after joint surgery or injury.
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