What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?

Occupational therapy, also known as OT, is a specialized service that supports people of all ages in their daily activities. It helps by focusing on adapting to environments, developing skills, and using strategies to make these activities easier.

Whether it’s improving motor skills, cognitive abilities, or recovering from an injury, occupational therapy promotes independence and enhances quality of life.

When you choose Franklin County Medical Center for your occupational therapy, you can expect care in the following areas:

  • Inpatient Care
  • Outpatient care
  • Home health care support
  • Nursing home services

What’s the Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are both valuable healthcare services, but they have distinct focuses.

Occupational Therapy (OT):

  • OT helps individuals improve their ability to engage in daily activities such as getting dressed and using buttons or zippers, gripping a pencil for writing, or using utensils while eating.
  • It concentrates on developing or restoring skills needed for tasks like self-care, work, and leisure.
  • OT addresses many challenges, including fine motor skills like cutting with scissors and tying a shoe, enhancing cognitive abilities through memory exercises, and promoting functional independence in everyday activities.

Physical Therapy (PT)

  • PT primarily focuses on improving physical movement and function.
  • It aims to enhance mobility, strength, balance, safety, and flexibility.
  • PT is often involved in rehabilitation after injuries, surgeries, or conditions affecting physical abilities.

While there is some overlap between OT and PT, their approaches and goals differ. They frequently work together as part of a comprehensive care team to provide the best possible outcomes for patients.

Who Needs Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is for anyone who wants to enhance their ability to engage in daily activities and improve their quality of life.

It can benefit individuals of all ages, including:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Adults
  • Senior Citizens

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or seeking support for physical or cognitive challenges, occupational therapy can help you achieve your goals and promote independence.

If you or a loved one face difficulties in daily tasks or want to optimize your overall well-being, occupational therapy may be the right choice for you.

Conditions Treated in Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) addresses various conditions and challenges to improve daily functioning and independence.

Here are some examples of conditions commonly treated in occupational therapy:

  • Orthopedic Injuries or Surgeries (emphasizing fine motor activities)
  • Developmental delays in children
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Fine motor skill difficulties
  • Stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) recovery
  • Arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions
  • Mental health conditions, including depression and anxiety
  • Chronic pain or fatigue
  • Age-related challenges in older adults
  • Lymphedema
  • Custom Splints

By addressing physical, cognitive, and emotional aspects, occupational therapy aims to improve overall well-being and functional abilities.

Our Occupational Therapy Providers

Matthew Dowding

Matthew Dowding

Occupational Therapy

    Shirley Shaw, MOTR/L

    Shirley Shaw, MOTR/L

    Occupational Therapy

      Our Occupational Therapy Locations

      Franklin County Physical Therapy
      53 S State St, Preston, ID 83263
      Hours:
      Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
      (208) 852-4122

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