1.1 Definition and presentation
A physical therapist is defined as a health professional who has obtained a degree in physical therapy and therefore has detailed knowledge of the functioning of the body particularly the muscular, skeletal, and neurological parts. Generally, one turns to a physiotherapist to both prevent and treat any motor problems. The main problems the physiotherapist solves are: back pain, herniated discs, contusions, sprains and dislocations, posture defects, muscle trauma and post - surgery rehabilitation.
As for the global market, this is estimated to be worth $165.73 billion by the year 2023 with a CAGR of 5.34%. This big growth is due to the fact that the average lifespan is getting longer and longer and therefore more and more elderly people need physiatric care and also to the fact that, nowadays, we lead increasingly sedentary lives so our posture.
In Italy, as reported by the "Associazione Italina Fisioterapisti" there are 70,757 active professionals with a ratio of 97 per 100,000 inhabitants. In the country there are an estimated 8.5 million people with motor problems, 3.7 million of them serious, who resort to the figure of the physiotherapist to solve their problems. Data show that nearly 16 percent of those who turn to this figure are older than 75 years old. Regarding the geographical breakdown, Northeastern Italy is the area where more visits are made while the South and Islands are the areas where fewer visits are made.
The market trend is to offer this service more and more at home than in the clinic. This is due to the fact that the population is aging and prefers to avoid travel, which is difficult for the elderly, for this type of service to which they are constantly and frequently subjected.
1.2 World overview
As life expectancy increases and chronic problems arise, health emergencies that create short- and long-term problems, the physical therapist is increasingly sought after. The physiotherapy market is a segmented market that includes both physiotherapy therapies and the production and sale of equipment for specific use.
According to the World Physiotherapy Organization, ...
1.3 Italian Panorama
In Italy since September ****, theOrder of Physiotherapists has been instituted among the health professions, moreover they are accredited with Ateco code **.**.**. In ****, the number of physiotherapists in Italy was ***** professionals[***].
To be able to estimate the size of the market for specialty visits alone, one can multiply the number of people ...
1.4 Impact of Covid
During the pandemic, physical therapists were involved in the front line along with physicians and nurses in the management of patients with COVID-**. The main task of physical therapists was to aituate patients during rehabilitation of the thoracic pulmonary system after weeks of intensive therapy.
Though the role of the physical ...
2.1 Who needs the physical therapist
A physical therapist is one who not only does rehabilitative treatments and massage but also deals with prevention and motor performance enhancement, in sports and work, working on movement dysfunctions and pain education
In particular, the phiosotherapist specializes in a few macro areas:
2.2 Typical clientele
According to Istat data contained in the **** report on health conditions and use of health services in Italy and the European Union, it was found that of the approximately *.* million people who have mobility difficulties, *.* million of whom are severe, those who resort to a physiotherapist or kinesiotherapist(***), are nearly * million ...
2.3 News from the web
Socia networks and the presence of the Internet have also influenced the world of physical therapy.
The social network Tik Tok contains *.* billion views of the hastag #physiotherapy and many videos from around the world. Video content is varied but some general lines can be identified.
3.1 Physiotherapists in Italy
The physical therapy sector in Italy in **** has ***** professionals. The trend of adjuncts in the field is slowly but steadily growing. Between **** and ****, the number increased by **.**% from ***** adjuncts to the current number.
Physiotherapists in Italy Italy, ****-****, units Source: ****
Two categories of people physiotherapists work with a lot are the ...
3.2 Studying physiotherapy in Italy
To become a licensed physiotherapist, it is essential to obtain a bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy(***).
The number of exams a student must take to graduate and become a physical therapist varies according to the regulations of the degree programs. In general, the disciplines of study are physics, medical statistics, genetics, ...
3.3 Earnings and costs
A physical therapist's earnings vary depending on where they work, whether in an office and or home visit, whether they work on a VAT number or are employed in a practice, and whether they worked in the private or public sector. It also depends on the years of experience of ...
4.1 Treatments offered
Physiotherapy treatments are manifold, specific and localized for each problem.
Osteopathy is an established and recognized system of preventive health care that relies on manual contact for diagnosis and treatment. Osteopathy is a manual medicine, a system of diagnosis and treatment that while based on the fundamental sciences and traditional medical knowledge (***) does not involve the use of drugs or the ...
The reference standards for physical therapy are as follows:
- Istituto Prosperius Tiberino
- Centro studi della scoliosi
- Villa dei fiori
- Centro di fisiocinesiterapia Serapide S.p.A
- Ospedale Mater Salutis di Legnano
- Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli
- Azienda Socio Sanitaria Spedali CIvili di Brescia
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