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The economic benefits of physical therapy underscore the value of physical therapists in the U.S. health care system and their growing importance in patient care.

"The Economic Value of Physical Therapy in the United States" provides patients, policy makers, health providers, funding entities, and others with evidence of the benefit of physical therapy compared with alternatives. The aim is to help optimize health care policies and payment structures and inform patient care as well as individual decisions about treatment options.

This foundational paper outlines the elements of the report and explains the methodology used to build the evidence for each of the eight conditions analyzed.