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Physical therapy emerges as a leader for job growth

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: December 24, 2014

Contact Information:
Eric Cardin, SCPT Executive Director, 508-832-2628

AUBURN _ According to a recent report by U.S. News and World Report, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job sector growth in the physical therapy field will increase by 36 percent by 2022.  It also reported that it expects to see an addition of 73,500 physical therapy jobs nationwide.

Over a recent one year span within Massachusetts, health services and education employment increased approximately four percent from 732,900 in Aug. 2013 to 757,300 in Aug. 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  In addition, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ recent 10-year projections for industry growth (2012-2022) forecasted that the health care and social assistance industry will produce one in three new jobs in the U.S. over the next decade.

South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) Executive Director Eric Cardin is not surprised by these statistics and can attest to the increased growth rate in the physical therapy sector.

“Our organization was founded in 1985 and today boasts nearly one million patient visits. We have added 85 jobs to our six Central Massachusetts locations,” Cardin said. “SCPT was founded with one location in Auburn.  Between 1985 and 2007, we added two locations, and since 2007 have added three more locations.”

Recently, the website, “CareerCast,” released a list of 10 jobs in 2015 that it deemed to be the best in health care.  Physical Therapist was classified third on the list, and was ranked in that position due to a good salary and high growth rate.

Part of this increase is being attributed to the rising demand for physical therapy services by the baby boomer generation (those born 1946 -1964). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 76.4 million baby boomers and by the year 2050 the number of Americans aged 65 and older is projected to be 88.5 million. This is more than twice what it was in 2010 and the baby boomer generation is largely responsible for this increase. People are living longer and as healthcare is becoming more prevalent with expanded coverage currently under the Affordable Care Act, that trend does not appear to be shifting. The perspective on aging in society is changing and many of the stereotypes associated with aging are being dispelled as noted in a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, http://on.wsj.com/12eGq8Q .

All these factors are reasons why physical therapists are in high demand and will continue to be in high demand going forward.

Physical therapists work with patients on mobility issues, to lessen pain, and are being called upon to help manage chronic conditions, sport injuries, and aid in the rehabilitative process of those who experience heart attacks, strokes or other conditions requiring rehabilitation.

As of 2015, SCPT and its staff of physical therapists and professionals will have been servicing Worcester County for 30 years.  Its Founder, Cathy Hoover-Smith, created a collaborative organization that is built on a foundation of education and knowledge. The team at SCPT creates a personalized program for each and every patient in order to help facilitate life-long changes both behaviorally and physically.

“Our staff is personally committed to each and every patient,” Hoover-Smith said. “Our ultimate goal is to improve our patients’ quality of life.”

Each year for the last several years, Hoover-Smith has been the Business Spotlight presenter at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce’s October breakfast, which coincides with National Physical Therapy Month, touting the merits of physical therapy. She has been the featured breakfast speaker at other Auburn Chamber breakfasts for numerous years and is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Auburn Chamber’s February 2015 breakfast. In addition, Hoover-Smith and SCPT staff members have presented relevant seminars, been part of business and health expos, and hosted programs and lectures.

“Our team helps to evangelize physical therapy through grassroots efforts across the region.” Cardin said, adding, “Taking proper care of yourself now may make all the difference in your future, as you age.”

For more information and to schedule your complimentary assessment, call 508-832-2628.

For nearly 30 years, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. has been dedicated to providing its patients with quality, personalized rehabilitative care in an environment that is safe, comfortable and compassionate. As a privately owned company, the organization has given back to numerous charitable organizations in the communities it serves, and seeks to make a difference in promoting wellness and health awareness. The company offers six locations in Central Massachusetts that include: Auburn, Charlton, Millbury, Westborough (East Main Street and Oak Street) and Worcester. For more information, visit www.southcountypt.com.

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