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Occupational therapy and physiotherapy 

Occupational therapy and physiotherapy
Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

Bhanu Ramaswamy

, Jill Chanter

, and Claire Craig

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date: 17 January 2019

Occupational and physiotherapists work to enable the older person in pain to achieve maximum independence and quality of life.

Prompt assessment minimizes the risk of pain leading to inactivity and body deconditioning.

Overall, the occupational therapist elicits the meaning of pain to the individual and its impact on their role and sense of self.

In general, the physiotherapist focuses on recovery of function, reduction and prevention of pain from condition or age-related musculo-skeletal changes.

Therapists complement multidisciplinary team interventions by addressing barriers that may prevent optimal functioning of older people in pain. This assists the person to cope and/or recover from the pain.

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