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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy

I am a 21 year old male with a degree in Laboratory Science looking into switching career paths into physical or occupational therapy
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Physical therapy involves therapy to support a person's ability to move (walk, climb stairs, move from lying down to sitting up and back to lying down, moving from sitting to standing and back to sitting). If a patient is in a wheelchair, it's supporting the patient to move in a wheelchair. PT also focuses on strength, endurance, and range of motion.

Occupational therapy involves therapy to support a person's ability to perform their "activities of daily living", such as eating, going to the bathroom, transfers from standing to sitting on a toilet, showering or bathing, and putting on and off clothes. OT can also help with social skills, managing finances, and plan/organize one's daily life.

They are both very important for people who have a chronic condition that affects their ability to function. For example, someone who had a stroke, heart attack, a severe infection, or a major event like a fall or a motor vehicle accident. You would be working closely with people, and frequently, you would see immediate results as you help people recover from an injury or an illness.
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