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South Orange County Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Orange County, Mission Viejo, CA

For many in Mission Viejo, California, physical therapy or occupational therapy can make a world of difference is reducing joint pain and improving proper function. The doctors and support staff at South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc offer comprehensive PTOT solutions, and can help you navigate your way back to pain-free daily routines.


What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?

Many people ask this question, and it is important to understand the differences between physical and occupational therapy so that you can decide which approach is a better fit for your needs and goals.


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This approach focuses on evaluating and reaching a diagnosis for movement dysfunction. Your physical therapist will look for the source of your joint issues, and work to treat those injured structures. During sessions, you may receive manual therapy of the affected joint or treatments such as acupuncture.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on providing the tools and techniques needed to improve daily joint function. During sessions, your occupational therapist may help you improve the life skills needed to adapt to joint problems. A focus is placed on helping you to regain your independence and handle normal daily tasks.

How should I prepare for a PTOT session?

There are a number of things that you can do to prepare for physical or occupational therapy sessions. Many of these steps can have a positive impact on your progress, and can help your therapist find effective solutions to your issues.

These are all good places to start:

  • Compose a list of questions or concerns for your therapist
  • Be prepared to discuss the nature of your injury
  • Share details of your lifestyle and activity levels
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing that allows for a wide range of motion
  • Consider bringing a close friend or family member with you to take notes on instructions for follow-up care

Will physical or occupational therapy be painful?

This is a simple question that has a complex answer. Each individual will have a different experience during physical or occupational therapy. The level of pain or discomfort that you will experience during sessions depends on a number of factors.

The extent of your injury, your overall level of health, your fitness, and even your age will all come into play. Some conditions are more painful than others, and some individuals have a higher tolerance level for pain.

You can expect some discomfort during and after physical therapy. Your body is still healing, and will have to adjust to the motions, exercises, and treatments you receive during sessions.

It is important to remember that while the physical or occupational therapy process may be uncomfortable, the outcome is improved daily function and reduced pain, which are worthy goals.

If you are experiencing significant pain or swelling during or after sessions, talk to your doctor to see if pain medication or therapeutic adjustments are necessary. At South Orange County Orthopaedics, Inc, our individualized approach to PTOT is part of what makes our practice a success.

Call us at 949-364-5210 to book a consultation today. 


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