ATI Physical Therapy Introduces National Report: The State of Physical Therapy Utilization in the U.S.

ATI Physical Therapy Introduces National Report: The State of Physical Therapy Utilization in the U.S.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 1:01 PM UTC

Bolingbrook, Ill., May 10, 2017 — As May has been designated National Physical Fitness and Sports month,  ATI Physical Therapy, the nation’s largest physical therapy practice under one brand, is launching The State of Physical Therapy, a report based on the analysis of data from patients throughout its national footprint of half of the U.S.

Through analysis of over 600,000 patient records, some intriguing patterns were discovered based on geographic location as well as age-related demographic information such as the tendency for millennials to be treated for TMJ more than any other condition, potentially connected to high levels of stress. The findings also discovered that nationally, the top five issues that patients receive physical therapy for are hip, back, knee, foot and hand injuries.

ATI queried data is from ATI’s Patient Outcomes Registry, part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Registry of Patient Registries1. The State of Physical Therapy’s results are based on data from over 600,000 patients seen over 2015-16. The ATI Patient Outcomes Registry data is collected through ATI’s proprietary electronic medical record system. The data is automatically gathered in real-time and is archived for analytical and scientific use—allowing clinicians to focus on their patients, not data entry. The ATI Patient Outcomes Registry provides ATI the opportunity to analyze outcomes, trends and key statistics of patients over time with the intention of improving the healthcare system and the patient experience.

Average Patient Age
Based on the analysis of the ATI Patient Outcomes Registry data across its different markets within the United States, ATI found the average physical therapy patient is 51 years old.  “While we realize that the average patient age of 51 is not considered old, in reality, people of all ages should take preventative measures such as stretching regularly, exercising, eating healthily and going to see a healthcare provider at the first sign of discomfort to best combat longer term problems,” explained Dr. Chris Stout, Vice President of Research and Data Analytics, ATI Physical Therapy and founder of the ATI Patient Outcomes Registry. These are the additional findings related to average patient age:

  • Youngest Patients: Nationally, Arkansas has the youngest age group averaging 45 years old, which amounts to 13% less 70+ year old physical therapy patients than other states.
  • Oldest Patients: Missouri has the oldest average patients by 5 years with 9% more 70+ year old patients than the other states in the network.

Millennials Are Being Treated For TMJ
The findings showed that the most treated condition in millennial…

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