12 Dec 2010

Disparity between OT & PT

Bismillahi rahmanirahim~

People may confuse Occupational Therapy with Physiotherapy since they settle down under the same specialist - Rehabilitation. So, I would like to share an article which discussing on the differences between these two professions.

Occupational Therapy vs Physiotherapy

Sound familiar, doesn't it? Fact is, there is a lot of difference between the two. Occupational therapy and physiotherapy do share a number of common areas. However, they differ fundamentally so far as their target and method of operation are concerned.

Just a summary:
  1. Physiotherapy deals with the muscles and limbs of a person. It helps in recovery and enables a person to move around. Occupational therapy deals with this and much more. It is all about a person making the best of his home as well as his occupation.
  2. Physiotherapy does not involve anything about the mind. However, occupational therapy has a lot to do with the mental faculties of a person.
  3. Occupational therapy helps a person in improving his functional abilities. Physical therapy focuses only on his physical abilities.
  4. A physiotherapist may prescribe a few medicines. However, an occupational therapist generally doesn't.

Source: http://www.differencebetween.net/science/health/difference-between-occupational-therapy-and-physiotherapy/

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