Physical Therapy is becoming increasingly important to America’s Healthcare sector. From in-home care services to sports medicine and eldercare teams, there are endless opportunities for technological advancements and changes in physical therapy. Here are some of the latest trends in the field.
Location and Accessibility
For those who have mobility problems or are not conveniently located near a physical therapy office, home health care services are trending upward. Additionally, telehealth physical therapy visits are on the rise, allowing patients to access sessions using a smartphone, computer, or tablet.
Artificial Intelligence and Wearable Tech
AI and machine learning have the power to improve the way that physical therapists interpret patient information. Robotics such as motorized treadmills and exoskeletons are also being introduced to make various therapies more efficient and precise. Smartwatches and fitness trackers can give a physical therapist relevant data about a patient’s health, medical history, and exercise habits.
Lasers and Light
Studies have shown that laser beam therapy is effective in healing both common physical therapy issues as well as more severe problems like strokes, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. LED light therapy can also be used to treat similar conditions, oftentimes with fewer side effects than laser treatments.
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