What IS Occupational Therapy?

In Health & Wellness, Occupational Therapy, Pediatric Occupational Therapy, Therapist's Thoughts by Ginny RiegerLeave a Comment

In an outpatient setting, people often think they are seeing a physical therapist when really they are being treated by an occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is an often misunderstood or overlooked part of rehabilitation.

So, what IS occupational therapy? 

Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals perform the daily activities they need and want to do. This includes self-care tasks from bathing and dressing to work-related tasks like typing on a computer or lifting heavy objects. Occupational therapists use everyday activities, or “occupations,” to promote health, function, and well-being.

Many people do not understand the difference between physical and occupational therapy. The difference between PT and OT is minimal for conditions such as arthritis, post-surgical rotator cuff repair, lymphedema, tennis elbow, or headaches, but the difference is easier to see when your OT is working on functional skills with you. OT can be a crucial component for helping regain function and independence in daily life.

Occupational therapists (OT) and occupational therapy assistants (COTA) are highly-trained professionals who work with individuals of all ages and abilities all across the lifespan. Depending on the clinic, your diagnosis, and special training, you may work with an OT.  OT is the key to helping you regain your independence and achieve your goals!

At Advance Therapy, we have TWO highly skilled OTs and an experienced COTA on our team. Our team specializes in treating upper extremity conditions such as shoulder, elbow, and hand injuries, as well as neck pain, headaches, vertigo, posture mechanics, lymphedema, pain management, and more. Our team is committed to using their expertise to help you achieve your goals and regain your independence! 

If you’re in need of rehabilitation services, consider occupational therapy as a key option for your recovery. Interested in more information about how OT can help?  Check out these blogs!



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