Frequently Asked Questions
Thank you for visiting our website and learning more about LatitudePT. We would love to talk with you about how we may be able to help with your injury or concern. I became a physical therapist to make a difference, but the utilization of physical therapy in the United States is extremely poor. About 50% of Americans have musculoskeletal pain that lasts longer than 3 months, but less than 10% of them go to physical therapy. This extremely disappointing considering physical therapy is the best choice for musculoskeletal concerns when compared to surgeries, injections, and medications that many times do more harm than good. Doubly concerning when we realize that nearly 50% of Americans have one or more preventable chronic diseases that could be treated by diet and exercise.
The problem is the US spends the majority of its annual $3 trillion in healthcare costs on treating chronic diseases instead of trying to prevent them. Physical therapy should play a big part in keeping Americans moving pain-free and empowering them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the US does not invest much in preventative measures like physical therapy. On top of that, the numbers show physicians rarely refer to physical therapy (only 7% of the time for complaints of low back pain), and until recently patients in TX had to acquire a prescription before seeing a PT. For many years we were one of the few professions that didn't have the right to determine for ourselves if a particular case was within our scope of practice.
How does all of this play into utilization and the public's perception of what role physical therapy plays? Combined with the uncertain and many times high cost of physical therapy I believe most people put off physical therapy as long as they can, and then try to stay for as little as possible. In fact, only about 35% of people complete their plans of care for the number of visits recommended by their physical therapist. LatitudePT strives to provide a solution to musculoskeletal pain that is effective, affordable and transparent in its pricing so that more people will choose physical therapy first, thus lowering the overall cost of healthcare and improving the quality of life in our communities. See what LatitudePT can do for you today!
- Dr. Chris Gumbs, PT, DPT, ICDN
Physical Therapist & Running Specialist