10 Interesting Physical Therapy Facts & Statistics

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Jan 01

10 Interesting Physical Therapy Facts

Articles in recent years rank physical therapy as one of the top 10 happiest jobs. So what makes physical therapy so great and the people who do this job so special?

A physical therapist’s primary focus is helping people to regain movement and manage pain after an injury or illness, to help aid in their recovery. A physical therapist may use any number of physical therapy methods to help accomplish this.

Here are 10 interesting physical therapy facts and statistics that you might like to know.

  1. Physical therapy is one of the fastest growing occupations currently. According to BLS.gov, this career is projected to see a 25% level of growth between now and the year 2026.
  2. Physical therapists must be licensed.
  3. Since 2015, physical therapists entering the field receive doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degrees from accredited schools (previously a masters option was offered)
  4. The roots of physical therapy can be traced back to 460 BC
  5. The first professional association of physical therapy was founded by women in 1921. Beginning in 1922, men were admitted.
  6. A recent study shows that physical therapy can lower patient treatment costs by 72%
  7. There are approximately 200,000 physical therapists employed in the U.S. with an additional 60,000 projected to be added to the workforce in coming years.
  8. A physical therapists training program includes both classroom learning and hands-on learning in a clinical setting (about 80% vs 20%)
  9. The mean annual wage for a physical therapist is higher in Las Vegas, NV than any other city in the country.
  10. Our physical therapy team at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy LOVES what they do!

Want to know more? Here are 10 more amazing facts about physical therapy.

Whether you are looking to recover from injury, illness or surgery and live your best life or simply regain strength and balance, our trained and licensed physical therapists at Above & Beyond Physical Therapy in both Queen Creek and Phoenix are here to help. Schedule an evaluation today.



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