The use of physical therapy and occupational therapy is growing in the United States and around the world, and this growing trend is driven by the changing nature of the workplace.
It is estimated that about 50 percent of American adults are employed in occupations requiring physical therapy or occupational therapy.
According to the Occupational Therapy Association, physical therapy is the third-largest specialty of its kind, after occupational medicine and psychiatry.
It was founded in 1872, and today it represents some $400 billion in annual revenue for the United State.
The growth of physical therapists, however, is not limited to the United Kingdom and Australia.
In Germany, occupational therapists are a highly valued professional group, and have been employed by the government for decades.
There are now more than 10,000 occupational therapists in Germany, and more than a quarter of them are certified as occupational therapists.
In the United Arab Emirates, the number of physical therapist are growing at a similar rate, with more than 20,000 registered as certified occupational therapists, according to the country’s health ministry.
This growing number of professionals is being welcomed by the health system.
“It is the next logical step to support the work of occupational therapists and we are pleased that we can work together to support this work,” said Minister for the Health and Medical Affairs Ali Al-Hassan, who leads the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (MHSO) in the UAE.
He added that physical therapists will continue to be the first line of defense against illness in the health care system, and it is also a key source of care for people with chronic illnesses.
“We must work together, in cooperation with the occupational therapists to protect the health of the population,” Al-Hamdan said.
This trend is expected to continue, and there are plans for more and more physical therapists in the future.
It has been estimated that by 2020, there will be more than 150,000 physical therapists worldwide, and a growing number will be certified.