Physical Therapy Services Philadelphia, PA

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy helps increase strength, range of motion and coordination in order to improve mobility and function.  

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without expensive surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects.

Physical therapists can teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so that they will achieve long-term health benefits. PTs examine each individual and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy focuses on the practice of everyday activities in order to improve or restore a person’s capability in the home or workplace to increase independence and resume life roles and responsibilities.

Occupational therapy is similar to physical therapy, but there are differences. While physical therapy focuses on the patient’s ability to perform movement of the body, it focuses on the patient’s ability to perform daily living activities. For example, a physical therapist will work with a stroke patient to build back muscle strength, while an occupational therapist will work with a stroke patient to practice basic skills like walking, eating, bathing and dressing. These fields overlap. An individual may start working with a physical therapist and then progress to working with an occupational therapist. These therapies complement each other. One is a perfect adjunct of the other.

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