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To Heal, Minnesota Needs More Physical Therapists

  • May 17, 2024
  • Meaghan Puglisi
  • 1-min Read

Lifespark hit the Editorial Page of the Star Tribune shedding light on the physical therapy shortage in Minnesota. In this opinion piece, Lifespark Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nick Schneeman, points to why physical therapists are a critical part of the complete senior health team – the unsung hero keeping seniors healthy and independent at home.

It’s the $110,000 job that keeps going unfilled — and the hiring gap is hurting Minnesotans who need help to heal from medical crises.

A nationwide shortage of physical therapists is now holding back the recovery of seniors and injured people in our state. For Minnesotans, the result is long wait times — or frustrating searches for any available help — if you need a physical therapist to get you moving again after surgery, a stroke or debilitating pain.

Read on for why this matters, and also where we can create change to open the doors and entice more to become physical therapists…

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