There is often confusion when it comes to differentiating Physio from Occupational Therapy with many believing the two are one in the same thing. Whilst these two professions do; at times, crossover, there are many key differences between them. Treating individuals with physical problems which may have been caused by illness, injury, disability or ageing will be key to the daily role of both types of therapist. Other responsibilities include promoting and expressing the importance of human movement, good health and advising people on how to prevent and avoid injuries.
Whilst Physiotherapists aim to relieve any pain and discomfort during the healing process, Occupational Therapists, however also aim to educate their patients on how to cope with their symptoms on a daily basis either at work or at home.
Conditions treated by Physios include:
- Neurological diseases (Parkinson’s or Strokes)
- Neuro-Musculoskeletal illnesses (back pain, whiplash or Arthritis)
- Cardiovascular diseases (heart disease)
- Respiratory difficulties (Asthma or Cystic Fibrosis)
Three types of treatment include:
- Manual therapy (massage)
- Therapeutic exercise
- Electrotherapy (Ultrasound)
Physios in the health sector can be found in places such as:
- Outpatient’s Department
- Elderly Care Units
- Stroke Services
- Mental Health and Learning Disability Service
They can also be found outside the NHS in private hospitals, clinics, sports clubs and gyms.
Duties of an Occupational Therapist include:
- Advising on how to approach tasks patients maybe having difficultly with
- Using equipment or assistive technology
- Adapting a living or working environment
- Finding strategies to meet individual’s goals
Occupational Therapists assist patients who struggle with ordinary tasks like washing, dressing and eating. They treat patients of all ages and situations which include:
- Those recovering from major surgery (hip or knee replacement)
- Children with disabilities
- Stroke Patients
- Those with Mental Health issues
As well as working in hospitals, clinics and GP practices, Occupational Therapists can also work in voluntary organisations, prisons, social services, special needs schools and private practices.
The duties of both Physio and Occupational Therapists are vital roles in the public and private healthcare sectors. Whilst similar in many ways, they both play a uniquely important part in the recovery, rehabilitation and education of those in need. If you would like to know more about Physio and Occupational Therapy, you can visit our AHP|HSS website (www.totalassist.co.uk/ahp-hss) or call 01708 388 055. Total Assist supply Physio and Occupational Therapists to both the public and private sectors across the UK. To gain access to the latest therapy jobs, register today and our friendly AHP team will do the rest: www.totalassist.co.uk/registration.
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