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Physical and Occupational Therapy


By: Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR

As it becomes more and more competitive to get into medical school, most students are exploring other care options in the medical field like physician assistant, nurse practitioner as well as physical and occupational therapy. Physical therapy aims to improve functional limitations and mobility of patients’ bones and soft tissue. The purpose of this is to decrease pain levels and improve range of motion in patients that they are treating. Physical therapists need a doctoral degree in order to practice.
Occupational therapy is improves functional limitations in order to improve patients’ activities of daily living. For example, showering, buttoning a shirt, toileting, writing, etc. Occupational therapists need a master’s degree to practice.
Those looking to go into these fields are suggested to earn an allotted amount of observation hours, be CPR certified as well have a minimum of a B average in the required prerequisite courses for graduate and doctoral admissions. Those interested in this field of study should also join the Benedictine University club called O.T/P.T club.
Studies show that when a person is injured, therapy can restore the functioning level of patients in 5 weeks, according to the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Therapy. This includes heavy resistance training and neuromuscular exercises. The same study also showed that occupational therapy has the same effect.
While we might picture an image of therapy being very extensive, and this might be true in most circumstances, it is often little activities that can be considered therapeutic. Walking down a hallway, getting up from a chair or putting on your clothes are all exercises in therapy.
It is the little things that make up the big picture in our world. We take for granted that we are all independent and can bathe ourselves, dress ourselves and walk to class on our own. We do not realize how independent we are until our independence is affected.