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  • Overall healthcare costs can be lowered with fewer physical therapy visits and no unnecessary doctor visits for a medical diagnosis.

Less out-of-pocket costs and missed work time

  • Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center found that putting “physical therapy in front” when treating patients with back pain means less time waiting for appointments, fewer MRIs and a decrease in time off from work for patients. 

- Source: The Wall Street Journal (online Jan. 12, 2007)

Fewer unnecessary doctors' visits

  • Patients needing physical therapy often are forced to spend unnecessary time and money to obtain a diagnosis from a physician before being referred to a licensed physical therapist who is uniquely qualified in the field of movement, function and health.

Lower overall health care costs

  • Costs incurred for physical therapist visits were 123 percent higher when patients were first seen by a physician than when they went to a physical therapist directly.

- Source: The Mitchell Study

 

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