Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

Bhanu Ramaswamy, Jill Chanter and Claire Craig

in Pain in Older People

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199212613
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199606924 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library Series Opml P

Occupational therapy and physiotherapy

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• 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.

Chapter.  4561 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Occupational Therapy ; Pain Medicine

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