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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?
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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Specialization
In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy.
Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools).

In brief: Specialization
In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy.
Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools).
Dr. James Eitner
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Dr. Naresh Rao
Sports Medicine
In brief: Subtle difference
Physical therapy focuses on restoring function to the body through exercises, such as stretching and strengthening and correcting poor biomechanics.
Occupational therapy focuses on restoring the ability for one to function on performing certain activities.

In brief: Subtle difference
Physical therapy focuses on restoring function to the body through exercises, such as stretching and strengthening and correcting poor biomechanics.
Occupational therapy focuses on restoring the ability for one to function on performing certain activities.
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