MediLodge Explains The Difference Between Physical Therapy & Occupational Therapy?

MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor

Physical therapy and occupational therapy are two important fields in the rehabilitation of patients here at MediLodge of Taylor. While they often work together and share equal importance, there are differences between the two.

The occupational therapist is trained to modify the physical environment as well as train the person to use assistive equipment to increase independence. They focus to help their patients engage in meaningful activities of daily living. The physical therapist is trained to identify and maximize quality of life and movement potential within the spheres of promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment/intervention, and rehabilitation. They focus on the physical, psychological, emotional, and social well-being.

As an example: an occupational therapist is often involved in educating people on how to prevent and avoid injuries, as well as educating people about the healing process. Physical therapists in turn often help people improve their ability to do their daily activities through education and training. While there is this crossover between professions both play very important roles and are more specialized in their areas of expertise. In many situations, both types of health-care professional are involved in injury recovery.

Physical and occupational therapy is a booming field in the healthcare industry. Both professions require special certification and a post-bachelor’s degree to practice. According to the U.S. Bureau of  Labor Statistics, the number of Occupational Therapists in the work force is expected to increase by 26 percent between 2008 and 2018, and the number of Physical Therapists is expected to increase by 30 percent. As you can see, the fields of physical and occupational therapy are growing areas that are very important in patient care.

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MediLodge of Taylor

MediLodge of Taylor


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