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WHAT HAPPENED TO PHYSICAL THERAPY?



Over 25 years ago, I had the unfortunate experience of injuring my knee and subsequently having surgery at seventeen. The one positive that came from this experience was that it led me to pursue physical therapy as an occupation. Having seen the healthcare system's deterioration as both a provider and a customer over the years led to me starting my practice. I no longer wanted to wait for change; I wanted to be part of the change.

How have things changed in the last 25 years? The same physical therapist administered the care I received for my first knee surgery every single visit, for starters. No assistant, no technicians, and no students; just a licensed physical therapist who was an expert in his field. Did I ever have to wait while he juggled multiple patients at the same time? Nope - I had his undivided attention each session. Every rep of every exercise was monitored, and corrections were given as needed. In fact, I learned more in the 12 or so sessions I had with him that each subsequent surgical recovery in later years was much more manageable. And as far as insurance went, my co-payment was a whopping $10 per visit. Well worth it, even for a high school kid.

Fast forward five surgeries later to the year 2011. I am working as a physical therapi