Physical therapists are increasingly being targeted by athletes seeking to develop a healthy body.
The profession has seen a rise in cases of athletes who were not able to find the right physical therapist, and now they’re struggling to keep up with demand.
That’s what happened to Dr. Joseph A. Schafer.
He retired from the medical practice of orthopedic surgery after 34 years of practice.
“The majority of athletes I treat, the majority of them are looking for a different kind of physical therapist because they can’t afford one,” Schafer said.
“They’re looking for someone who has a background in the specialty, who knows the industry, and has experience in the area.
I’ve worked with many different types of athletes, including bodybuilders.
I see a lot of bodybuilders, especially those who are in the fitness industry, who are looking to do some sort of physical therapy.”
Schafer said many of them had an issue with their own physical therapist.
He said they might not have had the knowledge or the training, and didn’t understand why it would affect them.
“They don’t know where they stand with their therapist, whether they have the knowledge to know where to go, whether it’s the right program,” he said.
When it comes to the physical therapist shortage, Schafer has seen the issue firsthand.
“A lot of people that I work with are in a lot more need of this, that’s for sure,” he added.
“You can’t have someone with this experience and not have the ability to address those issues.”
In the meantime, Schafers clients are starting to get in touch.
They’re asking about physical therapy, and are concerned about the current demand.
“I think the athletes are realizing they’re being overlooked because they don’t have the right experience, and they don.
That means they’re not going to be able to get a good physical therapist,” Schafer said.
Physical therapists need to be in demand, but they also need the right training, training to address the needs of athletes and the environment, said Dr. Jeffrey A. Burchfield, an assistant professor of pediatrics and physical therapy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Burchfield said a lot is at stake.
“There’s a huge amount of demand, and that’s where this is really at,” he explained.
“Physicians have to be trained to handle that demand, to be the ones that are able to take care of the athletes that are trying to improve their health and their body.”
While physical therapists are facing the same challenges that athletes do, there are a few things that they do differently, according to Schafer, who added that the physical therapy industry has a long way to go to help all of its clients.
“You’re dealing with a lot, a lot different patients.
They have different goals, different goals for their own health,” he told ABC News.
“The athletes are looking at this as an opportunity to get their bodies back in order.
There’s a lot to be learned from that.”
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