Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
Therapy plays an important role in helping an individual regain productivity and independence and therapists are often a critical part of the health care team.
Physical Therapy (PT)
Whether the individual’s problem is a result of injury or disease, the role of a physical therapist is to help him or her realize their optimum ability to function. Physical therapists also work with individuals to prevent a loss of mobility with fitness and wellness oriented programs that promote healthier and more active lifestyles. They can play an especially important role for those experiencing:
Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapy focuses on an individual’s ability to perform the broad range of everyday life activities. OT promotes independence by improving the skills required to perform these activities and/or teaching alternative ways to accomplish them. A physician’s referral is required in order to receive OT. Based on a thorough evaluation, the therapist will create a customized treatment plan designed to improve skills and maximize functional abilities based on priorities and personal goals. The therapist will consider a person’s physical, psychological, and social well-being, as well as environmental factors when developing a plan of care and treatment. Occupational therapy helps individuals regain day to day skills such as dressing and feeding.
Speech and Language Therapy Helps Regain Independence
Speech and language therapy can help individuals improve breathing, speaking, or swallowing functioning. Speech therapy focuses on the ability to understand and use words. Speech therapists may help individuals who suffer from:
- A stroke
- A heart attack
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty speaking