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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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Could you explain what is an occupational therapist?

Could you explain what is an occupational therapist?

OT: Occupational therapists treat patients with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. They help these patients develop, recover, and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a occupational therapist?

Could you explain what is a occupational therapist?

A good therapist: A therapist that concentrates on upper extremity dysfunction and from occupational, sports, trauma, post surgical are able to supervise physical therapy and restore function in a safe manner also with spinal cord injury and stroke patients help with adaptive aids , exercise programs and restoration of function and family training for continuation after discharge. ...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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What is the difference between an occupational therapist and a physical therapist?

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

A lot: OT deals with functional,performance and includes arm function and coordination PT deals with mobility : balance, strength for trunk and legs, and coordination. Muscle tone is also,addressed. Sports medical issues would seek PT for training, back pain would seek PT for modalities posture and core strengthening. OT and PT often work together for best results ...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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Hello doctors, what does an occupational therapist do?

Hello doctors, what does an occupational therapist do?

Upper extremity pt: Concentrates on upper extremity dysfunction and from occupational, sports, trauma, post surgical are able to supervise physical therapy and restore function in a safe manner also with spinal cord injury and stroke patients help with adaptive aids for feeding grooming etc. ...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

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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 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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Help please, what is the difference between an occupational therapist and a psychologist?

Help please, what is the difference between an occupational therapist and a psychologist?

Different types of: Training. Occupational therapists help people assess special adaptations for work situations following injury or due to a physical disability. Psychologists specialize in psychology, therapy, psyche testing and mental health from BA to MA to doctorate and don't prescribe medication. ...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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Can you tell me what is an occupational incident vs an occupational injury?

Can you tell me what is an occupational incident vs an occupational injury?

One leads to other: An occupational injury occurs as a consequence of an activity or exposure in the workplace. An incident is an occurrence but it doesn't necessarily lead to an injury. Still there has to be an incident before there can be an injury. ...Read more

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What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

What does an occupational therapist do for schizophrenic patients?

OT: They assess & treat patients with physical, mental & cognitive impairments. They also identify & eliminate environmental barriers to independence & participation in daily activities. They educate patients & caretakers regarding activities of daily living. They work closely with professionals in Physical therapy, Speech therapy, Nursing, Social work & the Community. ...Read more

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

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

Different types of: Training. Occupational therapists help people assess special adaptations for work situations following injury or due to a physical disability. Psychologists specialize in psychology, therapy, psyche testing and mental health from BA to MA to doctorate and don't prescribe medication. ...Read more

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What is an enterostomal therapist?

What is an enterostomal therapist?

Manages ostomies: when bowel is obstructed or at times bladder Ca sremoved, an opening on the skin is created, that is a colostomy, ieostomy or ileal conduit. These stomas are managed by stoma therapist who teaches application of a stoma appliance or stoma irrigation to assure proper function of the bowel or conduit function. ...Read more

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What does a occupational therapist do typically?

See below: Ot do a lot of different things. They help people regain independence with things like dressing, bathing, toileting, showering etc after illness and other disabling conditions like strokes, head and spinal cord injuries. They also help people with who have problems with their hands like rheumatoid arthritis or who have had amputations of parts of the upper extremities. ...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 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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What does a recreational therapist do?

Rec therapist: Recreational therapists work with people who have either disabilities or illnesses through recreational activities & /or provide other therapeutic assistance. ...Read more