Physical therapists assess, plan, organize, and participate in rehabilitative programs. In addition to "hands-on" care, which consists of joint and soft tissue mobilization and spinal manipulations, physical therapists also educate patients in proper posture and body mechanics and design home exercise programs for patients to address their specific impairments. Many physical exercises are used in conjunction with therapeutic modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, whirlpool and traction.
Occupational therapists help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).
It is a skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their life. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” so that patients can lead independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists provide individualized evaluations, recommendations and training on adaptive equipment, and guidance for family members and caregivers.