Bridging the Gap: Embedding Physical Therapists in Primary Care
APTA and the Veteranʹs Administration have partnered and this is one of the topics provided by the Veteranʹs Administration to our Members free of charge.
The physical therapist’s role is expanding within the current healthcare model. This includes implementation of physical therapy clinics in the primary care setting. Primary care physical therapy leads to efficiency of other medical services by offering immediate access to evaluation and treatment. Contact the presenters at: Brandon.Peterson2@va.gov and Christopher.Rowedder@va.gov.
- Understand the gap that exists in musculoskeletal healthcare
- Describe what the Primary Care physical therapy model is
- Explain the benefits of having PTs in Primary Care
- Recognize the challenges PTs will face in Primary Care
- Learn which PTs may be the best fit for Primary Care
- Review training recommendations for those interested in Primary Care
Christopher L. Rowedder
Chris is a Physical Therapist at the VA Centra Iowa HealthCare System. He is also PT Clinical Specialist – Primary Care and Practice Chair, APTA Primary Care SIG
Brandon I. Peterson
PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT
Brandon is a Physical Therapist at the Sioux Falls VA Healthcare System; an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist – Primary Care and VISN 23 PT Embedded in PC Co-Chair.
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