While the primary focus of Physical Therapy is movement, Occupational Therapy focuses on function.
Although both Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy are vital to quality of life improvements, Physical Therapy deals with overall motor function, pain, strength, range of motion, and endurance. Occupational Therapy works more with cognitive skills, visual-perceptual skills, fine motor skills, sensory-processing deficits and adaptive strategies to increase functional independence.
Your occupation is how you “occupy” your time. The Occupational Therapy Team at Samaritan Hospital believes in living life to its fullest and helps each patient tackle anything that stands in the way of doing just that.
Everything that occupied our time in one way or another can be categorized under self-care, work, or leisure.
When illness or injury impedes our ability to do these things, our quality of life diminishes quickly. Occupational Therapists help patients regain skills allowing them to function in life as well as help patients adapt their surroundings and way of doing things to allow freedom.
Since each person is different, the possibilities are endless when it comes to Occupational Therapy. Treatment is determined entirely by each patient’s abilities, interests, education, and background.
Occupational Therapists can:
Occupational Therapy is beneficial to the entire age spectrum for work-related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, sports injuries and orthopedic problems, developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and mental retardation, stroke, arthritis, cancer, or other serious illnesses, neurological problems such as multiple sclerosis, aging, accidental injury, etc.