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We would love to talk with you about 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 people over the age of 18 and 75% over the age of 65 in the United States have chronic musculoskeletal pain, but less than 10% of them go to physical therapy (2,3). This is 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 people in the United States have one or more preventable chronic diseases that could be treated by diet and exercise (4). Physical therapy has the potential to make a massive impact on getting people moving again.
The problem is that the United States spends the majority of its annual $3 trillion in healthcare costs on treating chronic diseases instead of trying to prevent them (5). Physical therapy should play a bigger part in keeping Americans moving pain-free and empowering them to lead a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, the U.S. 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)(6), and until recently patients in Texas had to acquire a prescription before starting physical therapy.
The healthcare system as it exists simply does not make preventative measures a priority, nor does it make them easily accessible. In this environment, it's no wonder why 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 plan of care for the number of visits recommended by their physical therapist (7). 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. Join the #RootsMvmt and see how LatitudePT can help you today!
Chris Gumbs, PT, DPT, ICDN
Physical Therapist & Running Specialist
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Chronic diseases in America. Cdc.gov. Published January 12, 2021. Accessed January 17, 2021.
Auerbach J, Warraich HJ, Ho P, et al. Why aren’t we investing in prevention efforts for chronic conditions? Statnews.com. Published April 19, 2017. Accessed January 17, 2021.
Fritz JM, Childs JD, Wainner RS, Flynn TW. Primary care referral of patients with low back pain to physical therapy: Impact on future health care utilization and costs. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012;37(25):2114-2121.
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