Every wonder what the difference is between physical and occupational therapy?
It’s been said that physical therapy will get you up and walking, while occupational therapy will make sure you aren’t walking without your shoes and coat.
That’s right, a big part of occupational therapy is helping people recover the basic movement of life. Just think about all the movement required to put on a coat, button or zip it up, slip into shoes or tie them. So many joints and muscles make it possible to do even the simplest tasks.
After a rotator cuff surgery, for example, it takes occupational therapy to get that shoulder joint back into regular action. Try putting a coat or jacket on without the ability to rotate your shoulder back and around. You’ll need plenty of help!
But a good Occupational Therapist can work with you to regain your range of motion and manage pain. If you follow your therapist’s instructions, you can enjoy the quality of life your surgeon knew would be possible after your procedure.
That’s just one of the many ways people can benefit from therapy. Thankfully, we are blessed with the best right here at home. Contact Greene County General Hospital’s Therapy Services to learn more and schedule you session so you don’t have to worry about taking a walk without your shoes and coat!
This article is provided for information only and is neither advice nor a substitute for proper medical care. Consult a qualified healthcare professional who understands your particular history for individual concerns.