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Primary Care Physical Therapist

Primary Care PT?

Though it might sound strange initially, physical therapists may increasingly find themselves in the role of primary care provider in the coming years. There are 5 reasons that people may begin to see physical therapists for primary care.

1) Physician Shortage

Have you noticed that you have a difficult time getting an appointment to see your doctor? Well, if you have, you are not alone. One of the significant changes beginning to occur in American healthcare is that there are more patients than doctors. With an aging population and greater access to healthcare, it seems reasonable that this trend will only continue. Some sources estimate that by the year 2020, the demand for healthcare will increase so much that the United States will have a shortage of 91,500 doctors.

2) Direct Access

Years ago, a person could not seek treatment from a physical therapist without a referral or prescription from a physician. Now, 48 states and the District of Columbia have direct access. That means that the legal barriers that relegated physical therapy to a referral based service are all but gone. So, if you want to see a physical therapist first, you can.

3) Every Day Aches & Pains

Physical Therapists are experts in diagnosing, and treating soft tissue disorders such as muscle strains, sprains, tendonitis, and low back pain. Recent studies estimate that more than 90% of the painful conditions that Americans experience on a day to day basis are caused by some form of soft tissue disorder. So, a physical therapist is actually the right person to see for many of your most common concerns.

4) Natural Prevention

Physical Therapy is a non-surgical, drug free form of treatment that cannot only address current problems, but can form the basis of a preventative regimen. With more and more people looking for intervention that is not “just popping a pill,” physical therapy represents a real option.

Post By: Garrett Curler, PROCare PT’s VPO

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