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History Of Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy profession has a very rich history and is an increasingly growing profession. In the profession of Physical Therapy there are many different sub disciplines and techniques that can be used to improve the health of different individuals. Throughout the years these sub disciplines have multiplied and the field of physical therapy has grew immensely. Physical Therapy was first brought to light in 1921. At this time it was called American Women’s Physical Therapeutic Association. At this time there was 274 charter members that where involved with the association. A year later men became more involved in the profession and the name was changed to American Physiotherapy Association. This is when the field began to involve men and …show more content…

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  • Explains that physical therapy has a rich history and is an increasingly growing profession. there are many different sub disciplines and techniques that can improve the health of different individuals.
  • Explains that physical therapy was first brought to light in 1921, when it was called american women's physical therapeutic association. then in 1930s, the association developed and published a "code of ethics."
  • Explains that the american physical therapy association's membership swelled to 8,000 and the number of physical therapy education programs increased from 16 to 39. the membership continued to grow in the 1960s.
  • Explains that physical therapy is a flourishing profession and has an amazing job security throughout the profession. since the 1920s the job opportunities for physical therapist have increased greatly.
  • Explains that the profession of physical therapy is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Explains that the more people stay active or inactive there will always be a need for physical therapist. the benefits and the demand of the profession allow physical therapy to grow "faster than the average for all occupations."

This demand is contributed to World War II and a nationwide polio epidemic. “The association's membership swelled to 8,000 and the number of physical therapy education programs across the US increased from 16 to 39.”2 In the 1940s the organization changed the name to what we know today the American Physical Therapy Association. This led to hiring a full time staff and also establishing the first office in New York City. The membership continued to grow in the 1960s the membership reached 15,000 members and education programs increased to 52 programs nationwide. The history of the growth of this professional field has not lacked and is still continuing to …show more content…

“Employment of physical therapists is projected to grow 34 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” 1 There is three main reasons of what is contributing the growth of the physical therapy profession. The first reasoning of why there will continue to be an demand for physical therapist is the baby boomers is a generation that continues to stay active longer into there life. This can contribute to individuals having pains or increasing the risk of injury at a later age in life. Secondly, there is also an increase of chronic diseases that require the attention of the physical therapist. These conditions include disease such as “diabetes and obesity, have become more prevalent in recent years. More physical therapists will be needed to help these patients maintain their mobility and manage the effects of chronic conditions.”1 Thirdly, Technology has a impact that more surgeries are performed outpatient and requires the physical therapist attention after surgery for proper care and gain of normal activities after surgery. The profession of physical therapy is predicted to continue to grow throughout the

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