The role of a physical therapist is to restore mobility, reduce pain and the need for surgery or medication, as well as improve overall function. Education and training takes three years.
PT Fact Sheet
An occupational therapist engages in rehabilitation therapy to help patients in every day activities. Examples include helping patients return to normal level of functioning after an injury or helping children with disabilities participate in school and social situations. Education and training is two years.
OT Fact Sheet.