Physical Therapy Outlook for 2014

It’s difficult to predict what the true impact of the Affordable Care Act will have on physical therapy. To share his thoughts on the future of physical therapy, Josh Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, CPed recently joined PT Talker.  Dr. Bailey is co-owner, president and CEO for Rehabilitation Associates of Central Virginia.

Bailey sees physical therapists as a low cost provider with high outcomes. He believes physical therapists have to do the best job possible and be better at defining and communicating their true value.  He also encourages physical therapists to get involved at the state level and work to develop meaningful direct access for physical therapists. Learn more by listening to the full podcast now.

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  1. Posted December 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    These are definitely times of change in the Therapy world. As always, documenting clear and measurable goals is critical to showing the impact therapy can have on patient outcomes!

  2. Posted January 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    We need to be better prepared as physical therapists and physical therpaist assistants to handle the preventative medicine side more than we do as well.

    Many are allowing patients/clients to escape the wellness edge and end up in the hands of personal trainers.

    This is not new however and has been brought up for several years or more. How many are actually turning their clinics into rehab/fitness facilities?

  3. Posted February 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    I believe that patients often end up in the hands of personal trainers instead of physical therapists for two main reasons.

    First, physical therapists tend to be over scheduled which makes it difficult to provide hands-on care, progress exercise programs, and educate the patient. As a physical therapist, I have wasted too much time re-teaching exercises and printing or drawing figures. We may not have control over our patient schedule, but we can unlock wasted time.

    Secondly, physical therapists are movement specialists. But this doesn’t always mean that we are always up-to-date on current exercises. Having an easy to use database of online videos would help expose therapists to forgotten or new exercises.

    In an attempt to progress our field, I have designed an online physical therapy exercise library composed entirely of professionally filmed videos.

    goPT allows therapists to create protocols, save favorite exercises, and quickly search through a cross-referenced library using dynamic search tools.

    I have put a end to clicking through boxes. Simply begin to type an exercise, position, body region, piece of equipment, injury, or sport in order to produce a list of exercises.

    Our clients and patients are technology dependent. They use it to order coffee, manage their calendar, and pay their bills. However, most physical therapists are still handing out sheets of paper.

    Check out goPT and see how technology can progress our field.

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