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Do I need to see a physical therapist (PT) and an occupational therapist (OT)?

Do I need to see a physical therapist (PT) and an occupational therapist (OT)? I thought they did the same thing.

There are good reasons to see both healthcare professionals, depending on your goals. Both aim to improve your overall functioning and quality of life and increase your knowledge about maintaining your health and well-being. They both provide hands-on care tailored to your needs.

PT's focus is on helping improve your movement, mobility, and functioning. They do this by recommending exercises, stretches, or other physical activity. OT's are focused on helping you perform daily tasks more efficiently by strengthening your fine and gross motor skills. They also make home visits to assess your environment and recommend optimal living and safety changes.

Both professionals can be seen in a variety of settings. These include hospitals, schools, clinics, nursing centers, health care agencies, and your home. After being hospitalized, either or both can come to your home to provide individualized programs to help improve your strength or maintain your ability to perform daily activities. Getting back to your life is the outcome they can help you achieve.

At our Center, we share space with both professions. Synapse NeuroRehab & Wellness specializes in rehab therapies for people living with Parkinson's disease and other movement challenges. They recently added an Occupational Therapist that makes house calls. If you have questions or want more information, call 404-425-9494 or go to

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