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What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapists provide services that help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. They restore, maintain, and promote overall fitness and health. Therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, when appropriate, such as walkers, canes, and wheelchairs. They also may show patients how to do exercises at home to expedite their recovery.

What Is Occupational Therapy? Occupational therapist use treatments to develop recover or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goals are to help clients have independent, productive lives, within their disease or disability.

What Is Speech Therapy? Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory and problem solving disorders. They also work with people who have swallowing difficulties, adjusting diet consistency that is appropriate at each stage of recovery.

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