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The Huffington Post reported Thursday that physical therapy, which traditionally requires a lot of specialized equipment and expensive training, is starting to get more accessible.
And it’s becoming a lot easier for people to get into the field, especially since it’s more accessible to students and older adults.
We had to go to the doctor, and they were looking for physical therapists, and so we were able to take the time to get training in, and I think the whole field is just getting better,” said Dr. Josephine Stoddard, a physical therapist and founder of the nonprofit organization PhysiTherapy, which offers training to people who want to practice physical therapy.
Physical therapists are also getting more specialized training.
We were able just to get physical therapists who are specialized, and we’re getting more and more specialized,” said Stoddards husband, Dr. Peter Stoddords.
“I think we’re seeing a big shift,” said Michael Schmitt, a physio at the University of Southern California.
Schmitt has been a physical therapy specialist since 2004, and he’s noticed a big difference in the physical therapists he sees.
He said he’s seeing more people who are physical therapists specializing in hip and knee issues.
“They’re all trained to be a hip and a knee specialist,” he said.
Stoddards wife also works in physical therapy and he said he saw a lot more people with hip issues than he had before.
More training is also making physical therapy accessible to people with disabilities.
The New York City Department of Health is hiring for physical therapy positions at a rate of about 2,000 per year, and the City is also starting to add support for physical therapies.
The City’s department of public health is hiring about 1,000 physical therapy trainees per year.
While physical therapy is becoming more accessible, it’s still hard to find jobs.
Stoddars husband, who also practices physical therapy in Florida, said the problem is that people who practice physical therapies are often not trained enough.
“The whole thing is not as well-trained as the people who do chiropractic or acupuncture, so we need to train people to be physically therapists, not chiropractors or acupuncturists,” said Schmitt.