Physical therapy booms with aging, active seniors

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — One of Brian Cronin's physical therapy clients is in her 80s and is still skiing. Another is middle-aged, recovering from a water skiing injury. Another is a middle-school-age girl with Olympic gymnast dreams.

With an aging, yet increasingly active population, Cronin has seen his business and the physical therapy industry expand.

As baby boomers age, health care is changing to accommodate.

The Spokesman-Review reports ( that with millions of uninsured Americans poised to gain coverage through federal health reforms, professionals in health care fields like physical therapy are facing the challenge of meeting the needs of more and more patients.

Some worry that not enough people will be trained and licensed to keep up, especially as health reform awards insurance coverage to patients.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review,

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