Community Physical Therapy
Community Physical Therapy



Physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) are both valuable in treating pain, but they approach it from slightly different angles. Here are some examples of how each treatment might treat pain:

Physical Therapy:

  • Manual Therapy Techniques: Physical therapists may use hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and massage to reduce pain and improve mobility.
  • Therapeutic Exercises: They prescribe specific exercises tailored to the individual’s condition to improve strength, flexibility, and endurance. These exercises can help alleviate pain by addressing underlying musculoskeletal imbalances or weaknesses.
  • Modalities: PT may utilize heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or traction to help reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing.
  • Posture and Body Mechanics Education: Educating patients on proper posture and body mechanics during daily activities can help reduce pain by reducing strain on affected areas.
  • Functional Training: PT focuses on improving functional movements and activities related to daily living, which can indirectly help manage pain by improving overall physical function and reducing reliance on compensatory movements that may exacerbate pain.
  • Pain Neuroscience Education: Some PTs incorporate pain neuroscience education to help patients understand the complex nature of pain and learn strategies to manage it more effectively.


Occupational Therapy:

  • Activity Modification: OTs help patients modify their daily activities and routines to reduce pain triggers and strain on affected areas. This may involve ergonomic assessments and the recommendation of adaptive equipment or assistive devices.
  • Energy Conservation Techniques: OTs teach patients how to conserve energy during daily tasks to prevent fatigue, which can exacerbate pain. They may suggest pacing activities and incorporating rest breaks.
  • Joint Protection Techniques: For conditions like arthritis, OTs teach techniques to protect and support affected joints during activities, reducing pain and preventing further damage.
  • Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Devices: OTs assess the need for and provide recommendations for adaptive equipment such as splints, braces, or ergonomic tools to reduce pain and facilitate participation in daily activities.
  • Sensory Integration Therapy: OTs may use sensory integration techniques to address sensory-related pain and discomfort for conditions involving sensory processing issues.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies: OTs may incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and stress management to help patients cope with pain more effectively and improve their overall quality of life.

These examples highlight how physical and occupational therapy can complement each other in addressing pain from a physical and functional perspective. Treatment plans are often tailored to the individual’s specific needs and goals to reduce pain and improve overall function and well-being.

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At our facility, we have a team of physical therapists who are experienced in providing care for any injury, pain or discomfort you may have. Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition or recovering from an injury, our therapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. We offer a wide range of services, including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy and electrical stimulation. We also provide education on self-care and injury prevention. Our goal is to help you live a pain-free life and regain your independence.

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