5 Major Physical Therapy Trends 2022
For physical therapists and healthcare workers in general this year has been a roller coaster of change. We’ve already seen physical therapists go through a variety of ups and downs, from closing clinics to embracing telehealth.
Many of these developments were precipitated by the COVID-19 epidemic, but some are set to have a long-term impact on the rehab therapy business. So, here are five of the most important physical therapy trends for 2022.
Concentration on Mental Health
Everyone has been put through a lot this year. Whether you’re concerned about the pandemic or any other, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned. As a result, some clinics have shifted their internal operations to focus on improving the mental health of their employees.
Many clinic directors have used this as an opportunity to learn more about their employees and better support them, from conducting mental health education sessions and developing employee resource groups to enhancing mental health insurance coverage.
Telehealth has evolved from a specialized out-of-pocket service to a vital component of any provider’s therapeutic toolkit in the previous six months. Nearly 1.7 million beneficiaries received telehealth services” It is revealed that between mid-March and mid-June, approximately 9 million participants received some type of telemedicine treatment.
Those figures while they represent the entire healthcare community, physical therapists are well-represented. It is observed that considerable increase in the number of members who offer telehealth services. The good news is that telehealth is on its way to becoming a permanent fixture in healthcare. Healthcare providers should expect a permanent telehealth policy.
The tremendous focus on enhancing patient safety is the first major trend we’ve noticed this year. Physical therapists have always prioritized patient safety, but it has always been anchored in preventing musculoskeletal overexertion and injury. Despite their importance, infection and disease control were not at the top of rehab therapists’ safety concerns.
However, today’s physical therapists are all disease control experts, and we’ve seen clinics across the country go to great lengths to keep their patients safe, from donning personal protective equipment and disinfecting every surface in the clinic to putting up partitions or barriers in shared spaces.
Home Health Care
Fortunately, therapists haven’t had to rely solely on telemedicine to provide safe therapy to patients during this public health catastrophe. Rather than delivering service in a clinic setting and visiting multiple patients in one location, some therapists have chosen to make home visits.
While this type of care has its own set of challenges, it has proven to be an effective way for therapists to reduce the risk of exposure.
Diverse workforces are more innovative, solve problems faster, and make better judgments, and this is true in inpatient care as well. Patients of different races have very diverse health outcomes, and it’s critical to recognize and address this issue. If focusing on and discussing diversity is the key to resolving the issue of unequal health outcomes, it’s worth investigating.