Every year, the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation designates the 3rd week in September to educate people about the benefits and impact of rehabilitation. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists all work together to help individuals overcome obstacles and accomplish normal tasks of daily living. Here is a little bit about each therapy discipline:

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives. Physical therapy commonly addresses:

  • Balance
  • Walking and Transferring
  • Flexibility and Range of Motion
  • Strength
  • Pain Management
  • Motor Skills and Coordination
  • Joint Mobility

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy uses goal-directed activity in the evaluation and treatment of persons whose ability to function is impaired by normal aging, illness, injury or developmental disability. Treatment goals in Occupational Therapy include the promotion of functional independence and prevention of disability.

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) including: Grooming, Bathing, Dressing, Eating, Toileting
  • Personal Safety
  • Upper Body Strength, Flexibility and Coordination
  • Pain Management
  • Walking, Transferring and Balance

Speech Therapy

Speech Language Pathology, also known as Speech Therapy, is the study, diagnosis, and treatment of defects and disorders of the voice and of spoken and written communication. Speech Therapy also evaluates and treats neurological and physical disorders and conditions caused by an injury or illness.

  • Communication: Cognitive Processing, Expressive Language, Receptive Language
  • Swallowing
  • Oral Motor Exercise
  • Hearing/Auditory Processing
  • Reading
  • Diet Modifications
  • Comprehension (verbal and written)

Talk with your doctor to see if you could benefit from therapy. Each year, HTS therapists celebrate National Rehab Week in our partnering communities. Be sure to subscribe to our Rehab Insider Newsletter and to add our Facebook and Twitter to see what awesome ideas our enthusiastic therapists have come up with for National Rehab Week!

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