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Whether your doctor has recommended post- surgical physical therapy or you are visiting a physical therapist after an accident or injury, there is a temptation to travel to the hospital where you are treated for therapy. After all, if your surgeon or doctor trusts the physical therapists there, why shouldn’t you? The truth is, there are wonderful physical therapists in hospital settings all over the country, but with the rising cost of health care, more and more people are looking for ways to receive the therapy they need at a lower cost. As it turns out, all of the assistance you need with exceptional therapists at a lower price tag can often be found in a private physical therapy practice. The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy published a study a few years ago on the difference in care someonereceives in thehospital versus what they receive in a private practice.

,l;’ Nationwide, 34 percent of physical therapists have a private practice while 21 percent are employed by a hospital outpatient or other health system. What researchers found was that there was no statistically significant difference between the care you might receive at the hospital where you had your surgery or were seen after an accident and the care you would receive in a private practice. What they did find was that it simply costs more to treat patients in a hospital. Those costs are then passed on to the patient. Fortunately, you have the right to choose where you receive physical therapy. If your doctor has recommended physical therapy for you, let Mayfield Physical Therapy help you return to an active healthy lifestyle. Contact us today.


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