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What is the difference between a physical therapist vs an occupational therapist?

What is the difference between a physical therapist vs an occupational therapist?

In brief: The way our wonderful therapists at jefferson university hospital in philadelphia explain it to the incoming resident class: physical therapists work on making sure you can walk or get across the room. Occupational therapists make sure you can dress and wash yourself before you walk across the room. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist?

What is the difference between a physical therapist and an occupational therapist?

Although there is s: Although there is some overlap in what they do, the focus of ot in rehabilitation is primarily on upper extremity function(gross and fine motor), therapy and adaptive equipment to assist with activities of daily living. A physical therapist usually will focus on lower extremity function, gait training, assessment and training on mobility devices, balance and more gross motor function. ...Read more

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How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

How are an occupational therapist and a physical therapist different?

Many : Both are therapists (not physicians) that work to improve overall function in different ways. Occupational therapist work primarily to improve functional activities such as bathing or dressing. The physical therapists tent to treat physical problems affecting mobility (walking). There are many more differences and overlap between what they do (too long to detail here). ...Read more

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What number of years of college to be a occupational/physical therapist?

What number of years of college to be a occupational/physical therapist?

See below: After getting your college degree you will have to go to a PT or OT school which usually lasts 3 years ...Read more

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Should i be an occupational therapist?

OT: Entirely up to you. Talk to an ot person & see if what u hear is enticing to u . Good luck. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do?

What does an occupational therapist do?

Hands, splints, adl: They do hand therapy, fabricate splints and evaluate and train for adl's. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do (otr)?

What does an occupational therapist do (otr)?

OT: An ot helps people of all ages to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living & working environments. They help people with disabilities to improve their skills, such as motor functions & reasoning skills. Examples are using computers, cooking, dressing, eating, muscle strength, visual acuity, problem solving, etc. ...Read more

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What's it like to be an occupational therapist?

What's it like to be an occupational therapist?

Occupational therapi: It is like any other medical profession where you come in contact with many different patients and design specific therapies for each one of them and help improve their life and get paid as well.It can be very satisfying and other times it can be frustrating as well. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do with you?

Upper Extremity: An occupational therapist works on disorders of the upper extremity only. You can think of them as a physical therapist that focuses only on the upper extremities, whereas a physical therapist can treat the entire body. ...Read more