Often times people ask us what the difference is between an Occupational Therapist and a Physical Therapist. In simple terms, a physical therapist’s job is to help patients increase mobility and function to ultimately live pain free. An occupational therapist is focused on helping people live as independently as possible.

As occupational therapists we not only deal with an individual’s physical well-being, but we also address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder your ability to perform everyday activities. Because of an injury or disability some people need assistance learning (or re-learning) how to brush their teeth, how to go to the bathroom, how to dress themselves, or how to reach above their heads. We also work closely with people who have suffered from injuries at work. Other conditions treated by our Occupational Therapist would include the following:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Minor finger and hand injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Injuries to upper extremities

Who needs occupational therapy?

  • People who have had a serious accident
  • Employees who have incurred work related injuries
  • People who have had surgery performed on their upper extremities
  • Those who’ve suffered from severe health conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, fracture, arthritis, or vision issues
  • Those suffering from progressive neurological conditions

Patient rehabilitation programs may include:

  • Training to relearn activities of daily living
  • Edema control
  • Pain management
  • Range of motion
  • Splint fabrication and wound or scar management
  • Sensory re-education/desensitization
  • Strengthening, coordination and dexterity training
  • Work simulation, work hardening and ergonomic programs