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Choosing physical therapy helps Americans live better lives and could save the health care system millions of dollars annually, ultimately providing more resources for better services to individuals and communities nationwide. Physical therapy helps Americans avoid complications from surgeries, long recoveries, and the risks of overuse of prescribed opioids and other medications.

These are the findings from a landmark, evidence-based report by the American Physical Therapy Association, "The Economic Value of Physical Therapy in the United States."

The report uses an economic model to calculate the net benefits to patients and the U.S. health care system of choosing physical therapy over alternative treatments for eight conditions. View those conditions below.

Discover how physical therapy provides Americans the care they need to achieve the recovery they deserve at a lower cost to the health care system. Read the full report.