Physical therapy (PT) may not be as pressing as other medical fields, but it’s still crucial. As Baby Boomers continue to age, the need for PT increases. PT does more than just serve aging populations, however.
Many Americans deal with chronic pain, and prescription drug use has grown exponentially to address it. These pharmaceuticals are comparatively ineffective and addictive, so medical professionals have turned to PT as an alternative. The need for effective physical therapy has never been higher, and technology is helping to manage demand.
IMPROVED ACCURACY OF DIAGNOSES
In any medical field, a treatment is only as effective as the diagnosis is accurate. If physical therapists don’t have a precise picture of the problem, they can’t address it. Modern technology gives them the tools they need to improve the accuracy of their diagnoses, informing better treatment plans.
Imaging technology like X-rays and CAT scans have helped medical professionals analyze patients’ conditions for decades. Institutions such as New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital have started using AI to process these images before a doctor reviews them. These machine learning systems can find areas of concern far faster than a person and point medical professionals in the right direction.
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