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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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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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What's a registered physical therapist?

What's a registered physical therapist?

Licensed to : Usually someone who has been licensed by their state in that profession to practice in their field which in this case entails the musculoskeletal one in terms of rehabilitation after an injury or surgery or guidance in proper exercise and technique for specific conditions or general musculoskeletal health usually guided by a physician. ...Read more

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Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

Are there differences between a physical therapist and a sports physical therapist?

More specialized!: Both therapist recieve the same basic training, but the sports therapist focuses on sports injuries and associated rehabilitation. They are usually part of a team which takes care of athletes, composed of orthopaedic surgeons and athletic trainers. ...Read more

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Can a Physiatrist be a physical therapist ?

Can a Physiatrist be a physical therapist ?

Yes, but...: A person may be both, but that means more years in school. A physiatrist is a medical doctor (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Physical Medicine), which usually means 4 years in college, 4 more in medical school, and 4 more in physiatry training. A physical therapist is 4-8 years total, depending on the final degree (bachelor's, master's, or doctorate). They can work together as a team. ...Read more

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Does massage therapy help in your physical therapy?

Could!: Massage therapy is very good at getting one relaxed. Tense muscles could tend to lead to strain and pain and thus inhibit recovery. It certainly could be adjuctive to the physical therapy and promote healing. If it eases your mind and relaxes you then you are more able to heal overall. ...Read more

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What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do? What's the difference?

What does physical therapist and physical therapist assitant do?  What's the difference?

Therapy: The difference is the training and education. They both provide physical therapy services, the assistant is supervised and given instructions on what to do. ...Read more

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Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Could therapy, psychiatry, and or psychology work?

Therapy work?: The data is very strong that therapy helps people. Equally, psychiatric medication also helps people. The data is also clear for many significant emotional problems when medications and therapy are combined the effect is even more powerful. ...Read more

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Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

Can a mental health occupational therapist open their own practice and do psychotherapy sessions?

An Occupational: therapist can sessions - but not psychotherapy. Who is doing this? Unless they have a mental health license like Licensed social worker, Marriage family counselor, licensed psychologist, Licensed mental health counselor then No. ...Read more

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What are skills, salary of an occupational therapist assistant?

Degree and License: Ota's require two years of college and a state license. Salaries commensurate with experience and location in the $40k's. ...Read more

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Could an occupational therapist give any medicine?

Medication prescribe: Typically licensed practitioners who are able to prescribe medications if they are not physicians (M.Ds, D.Os, dentists, podiatrists etc, ) are either licensed practical nurses or physician assistants. This varies depending on your jurisdiction, some requiring or not physician supervision typically from mds or dos. I have never heard of occupational or physical therapist prescribing medications. ...Read more

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Can an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

Can an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

They can: These are two different disciplines and the schooling is different. An orthopedic surgeon can be a physical therapist only if they went to physical therapy post-graduate training, but the process to become an orthopedic surgeon does not give you the proper training to be a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Can a behavioral therapist rehabilitate a schizo affective individual?

Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by rehabilitate, but i would say that, in addition to medication management, behavioral therapy can definitely be beneficial. Often times, people with chronic mental illnesses do much better with structure in their lives. ...Read more

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Can you please define occupational therapy?

Can you please define occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy: Occupational therapy is a holistic healthcare profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the life span. ...Read more

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Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

Do occupational therapists make mental health diagnostics?

No, not usually.: They can be separately licensed and work in the capacity of an OT, and then can diagnose. Usually, they treat based upon the needs of an individual, which follows from the diagnose gleaned elsewhere. ...Read more

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What can a mental health occupational therapist do in private practice?

Occupational: therapists R not trained mental health practitioners, although their work certainly impacts on client's mental health. They focus on your occupational strengths and weaknesses and will help U prepare 4 various jobs that suit your specific needs. 4 instance, if U have ADHD they will encourage U 2 work with your employer 2 allow U 2 work in a space with as few distractions as possible. ...Read more

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Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Why would a cbt therapist refer me to a psychodynamic therapist?

Sometimes: Therapists (cbt or other) may find that a patient may be better fit for an other kind of psychotherapy than the one they are specialized in. Just keep in mind that you may go and see the "best therapist in the world" (whatever his/her technique is), but if you don't feel understood, it is be better for you to find somebody else. ...Read more

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