JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services’ objective is to rebuild your ability to independently perform daily chores like the basic tasks and vital activities essential for your day-to-day living.
To fully recover from your physical ailment, your doctor may recommend you see either a physical therapist (PT) or an occupational therapist (OT).
While Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy treatments often overlap, there are some distinct differences between the two therapies.
If you recently suffered an injury, are recovering from major surgery, or have just bounced back from a debilitating illness, your doctor may recommend you see a physical therapist. The physical therapist develops a unique treatment plan for you combining exercise, hands-on manipulation, and education. The therapy is designed to improve your range of motion (ROM), increase your strength, balance, endurance, and decrease your pain.
Physical therapists help you restore movement and flexibility to your large muscles (Gross Motor Skills) so you are able to move, as you did before your injury, surgery, or illness.
In contrast, if you have difficulty executing your daily activities (ADLs), some of which we listed above, your physician may recommend you see an Occupational Therapist. Occupational therapists focus primarily on your small muscles (Fine Motor Skills) used for holding a pen, using a keyboard, silverware, scissors, and other tools. An OT treats a variety of patients from children to seniors.
Simply put, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists focus on different areas of the body. A Physical Therapist has greater experience and training for treating lower extremity injuries, while an Occupational Therapist is better equipped to treat upper extremity injuries, especially those injuries that impact your ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). However, a Physical Therapist does provide treatment for upper extremity injuries when ROM or strength is the issue.
You’ll notice some overlap between the two disciplines. While both the PT and the OT can treat the same issues, you must decide who to see for your injury. JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services can make things easy with our convenient in-home [or virtual] services and useful information.
Ordinarily, you must travel on your own time to the facility to meet your Physical, Occupational, or Speech Therapist. If you suffer from limited mobility, chances are commuting on a regular basis to the location will be demanding, possibly undermining your therapy routine and making recovery seem impossible.
Conversely, JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services brings our services to you in your home and provides our services in the comfort of your surroundings effectively eliminating the complications and demands of a recurring commute to your therapist.
Our primary goal at JD The OT is your recovery, and we strive to make that attainable. We do this by developing a specialized program within the range of your capabilities to increase your mobility so you can perform your daily tasks easily and comfortably.
JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services cares deeply about each of our patients, which is why we explore all possible approaches and do everything we can to ensure your complete recovery. We are as eager as you for your return to living and enjoying your life.
Where can I support efforts to research and develop new occupational therapy strategies?
A great place to start, The American Occupation Therapy Foundation is a charitable, scientific, and educational organization supporting occupational therapy research and better the public understanding of the occupational therapy profession. The American Occupation Therapy Foundation offers a variety of grants, scholarships, and programs for those in need and publishes a quarterly journal aimed at increasing public awareness.
How does an Occupational Therapist get certified?
The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) offers online resources for and how to obtain a certification in Occupational Therapy and the requirements for certification for educators and students. Certified Occupational Therapists can check their certification status through NBCOT’s website and use the website’s tools to maintain and renew their certifications.
At JD The OT Mobile Therapy Services, our Therapists are specially trained and certified to treat your injury, illness, or surgery regardless of how rare or complex it is.
Together with you, we examine a variety of possible regimes and treatments that can be implemented to improve your mobility and enable you to go about your daily activities with ease.
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