The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine recently reports a large jump in the number of treatments and tests for back pain. This study reports a 629% increase in Medicare expenditures for epidural steroid injections from 1994 to 2001; a 423% increase in expenditures for opioids for back pain from 1997 to 2004; a 307% increase in the number of lumbar magnetic resonance images among Medicare beneficiaries from 1994-2004; and a 220% increase in spinal fusion surgery rates from 1988 to 2000. At the same time, the studies do not show an increase in the number of patients with back pain or improvements in patient outcomes. Physical therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists provide effective and non- invasive treatments for patients with back pain, often at a lower cost.
The New York Times recently reports an alarming increase in methadone prescriptions for the treatment of long term back pain, resulting in a shocking increase in methadone related deaths. The amount of money spent on prescriptions for back pain has risen as well, but patient outcomes are not any better. The spine experts at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists can reduce or eliminate back pain without the use of dangerous and costly prescriptions.
Physical Therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Aid in Identifying Student Athlete Concussions
In 2010, the Journal of Pediatrics reports that student athlete brain injuries, such as concussions, have increased 70% from 1997-2007. More than one-third of the student basketball players in the same study did not recognize concussion symptoms or report them to their athletic trainers. Physical therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) have the ability to identify concussion symptoms and recommend critical next steps for student athletes.
A recent study in the British Medical Journal found that patients who had spinal surgery for sciatica only had short term benefits. After 6 months, patients who had surgery felt no different than patients getting physical therapy. The spine experts at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) deliver hands-on physical therapy to help patients with sciatica.
Inc. magazine ranked Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) number 615 on its 3rd annual Inc. 5000 list this month. The Inc. 5000 List is an exclusive list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. It also represents the most comprehensive look at America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. TexPTS’ entrepreneurial mindset is getting results for patients. They combine hands-on physical therapy based on current and sound science with unexpectedly good patient experiences. Patients have fueled the growth of TexPTS by telling their friends, family, co-workers, colleagues, and even acquaintances to visitTexPTS for solutions to bad backs, achy joints, wounded hands, and work injuries.