Posted by: Kwagga | 2008/01/30

what is the difference

What is the difference between a chiropractor, physiotherapist
and an occupational therapist?
My husbands shoulder was broken when he was delivered at birth, his muscle at at top of his arm, shoulder and back area have never developed properly so he has little use with it 28years later,
we would like to send him for therapy to strengthen those muscels
before he has no use at all in them, to whom should we go?

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Dear Kwagga
A chiropractor works on the alignment of the spine
A Physiotherapist works on the muscles and soft tissues to treat things like infection, inflammation, spasms, misalignment etc
An occupational therapist looks at the work/actions the patient needs to do and develops specific exercises/ hobbies/actions to strenghten that particular function, also provides aids to assist weakened limbs for instance to make actions easier. Teaches the patient new ways of doing things.
A biokineticist is a "medical" gym instructor that develops exercises for specific muscle groups and monitors the progress.
Your husband would benefit from going to a biokineticist to strengthen the muscles and an occupational therapist to assist him with special exercises or hobbies to keep the muscles strong.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Anerie | 2016/05/30

Medical gym instructor? For a "dr" you sure are behind with what other medical professionals do..

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