President of the American Physical Therapists Association Speaks at UTC

Ben Massey hopes that in the future, the consumer will be able to decide if they need a physical therapist or not, and that patients will have their own physical therapist, much like they have their own doctors now.

Massey is president of the American Physical Therapists Association (APTA). He spoke on Friday to over 100 clinicians, UTC PT students and Chattanooga State physical therapy assistants, telling them that the big buzzword in APTA is autonomy, meaning the push is for consumers to have direct access to a physical therapist. "By 2020, physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors," Massey says.

Massey encouraged students to specialize in the field of physical therapy. He said by specializing and providing a particular service, the physical therapist becomes an invaluable asset. "The unemployment rate is now lower for physical therapists, and it has improved dramatically over the last year," Massey said.

For more information, go to the APTA website at http://www.apta.org.

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