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Occupational and Physical Therapy Services Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 120 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Global
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5616772
The occupational and physical therapy services market is projected to register a CAGR of 15.8% during the forecast period.

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the growth of the occupational and physical therapy services market. For instance, according to an article published in Frontiers in Public Health, in June 2022, a cross-sectional survey was conducted in Japan. It has been observed that mental health occupational therapists had a bigger decline in therapy quality, an increase in workload, and a slower rate of decline in working hours as compared to occupational therapists in the physical health area. Also, as per an article published in RBMT in April 2021, it has been found that a significant proportion of the active working population has been impacted by the pandemic, and the population who need lengthy hospitalization and extensive care have experienced physical, psychological, and cognitive effects that led to functional incapacity. Thus, such a population required both physical and occupational therapies to recover from their health condition. This has impacted market growth during the pandemic. However, the increasing number of sports injuries and resumed therapy services have increased the demand for occupational and physical therapy services, and the market is expected to regain its full potential over the forecast period.

Factors such as the increasing number of occupational and physical therapists, the availability of medical reimbursement in some countries, and the increasing incidence of sports injuries are boosting market growth.

The rising incidences of sports-related injuries are the key factor driving the market's growth. For instance, as per an article published in February 2022, about 8.6 million athletes suffer from sports-related injuries each year in the United States. The 1-year injury rate among elite youth athletes is as high as 91.6%, causing patients to spend millions of dollars on medical care every year. As per the data published by the NSC Injury Facts, in July 2021, about 3.2 million people in the United States received treatment in the emergency department for injuries involving sports and recreational equipment such as exercise, cycling, and basketball. Also, as per an article published in the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine in June 2022, about 6785 soccer match-related and 5035 soccer training-related injuries were reported in Italy in 2021. This is expected to increase the demand for occupational and physical therapies to recover from the injury, hence propelling market growth.

Additionally, the rising government focus on passing new laws and acts as well as renewing the existing policies for occupational health is expected to increase the demand for occupational and physical therapies among patients, thereby fueling the market's growth. For instance, in September 2020, the Indian government passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act to reform and codify the rules governing workplace safety and health. This act also modifies the working conditions of those employed in a business and other related matters.Also, in April 2021, the Province of Ontario will recognize the importance of supporting and nurturing a safety and health culture in every workplace. An Occupational Safety and Health Day was organized during North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, which provides an opportunity to promote workplace safety and health through education on safety and health rights, responsibilities, and prevention measures.

Furthermore, the rising company activities in providing occupational and physical therapies are also contributing to market growth. Work Health Solutions, for example, will expand its services to the Las Vegas market in June 2022 with the opening of a near-site occupational and new employee health clinic.Work Health Solutions provides a range of medical services to companies to create an occupational health care program that is customized to a company's needs, reduces workers' compensation expenses and downtime, and enhances the general well-being of its employees.

Moreover, the rising company’s focus on expanding its physical and occupational therapy centers to provide more sophisticated services to patients is also expected to increase market growth. For instance, in April 2021, Luna launched an innovative new Luna Protocols capability to improve the quality and standardization of outpatient physical care therapy.

Therefore, owing to the aforementioned factors, the studied market is expected to grow over the forecast period. However, the lack of awareness and access to services in emerging markets is likely to impede the growth of the occupational and physical therapy services market over the forecast period.

Occupational & Physical Therapy Services Market Trends

Orthopedic Therapy Segment is Expected to Hold a Significant Market Share Over the Forecast Period

The orthopedic segment is expected to witness significant growth in the occupational and physical therapy services market over the forecast period owing to factors such as the increasing number of orthopedic-related disorders coupled with research studies in the segment.

According to the data published by the CDC, in April 2022, an estimated 58.5 million United States adults had arthritis, compared with an estimated 25.7 million adults limited in their usual activities in 2021, and this number is expected to reach 35 million by 2040. Also, according to Statistics Canada for 2021, approximately 6 million adult Canadians had arthritis in 2021. Similarly, according to the data updated for Arm Injury Statistics 2021 by the Ohio State University, among people of age 75 or more, hip fractures are the most common and account for 16% of all musculoskeletal injuries in the United States annually. Such injuries are creating demand for various orthopedic surgeries, which in turn is anticipated to fuel the demand for physical therapies after surgery, hence bolstering segment growth.

Additionally, as per an article published in PLOS One in July 2021, the incidence of hip fracture nationwide is predicted to increase more than threefold by 2050 as compared to 2020. Such an increase in hip fractures is expected to drive demand for orthopedic surgeries, further bolstering the studied market's growth.

Furthermore, the increasing company activities in expanding their physical therapy services are also contributing to the segment growth. For instance, in October 2022, Anderson Orthopedic Clinic launched Anderson Clinic Physical Therapy, a high-quality treatment and training facility focused on helping each patient achieve personalized health goals. The physical therapy centers provide services ranging from joint replacement to neck and spine pain, as well as a multitude of sports injuries.

Therefore, due to the aforementioned factors, such as the rising burden of orthopedic disorders and joint replacement surgeries and rising company activities, the studied segment is expected to grow over the forecast period.

North America is Expected to Have the Significant Market Share Over the Forecast Period

North America is expected to witness healthy growth in the occupational and physical therapy markets over the forecast period. The factors contributing to market growth are the increasing burden of sports-related injuries, the presence of well-established healthcare infrastructure, high healthcare spending, and a growing geriatric population.

Furthermore, the rising burden of sport-related injuries among the population is increasing in the region due to the increasing number of sports events and competitions, especially in the United States. This is anticipated to increase the demand for various therapy programs that help reduce pain and increase healing. For instance, as per the data published by GJEL, in June 2022, the five most dangerous sports that cause the highest number of injuries are basketball with 2,823 injury cases, American football with 1,719, soccer with 1,289, baseball with 347, and boxing with 247 injury cases. According to the same source, sprains and strains, which accounted for 37% of all basketball injuries, compared to 29% for soccer and 26% for American football, were found to be the most common injuries for the three most dangerous sports in the United States.

Medical and technological developments also are expected to permit the survival of a greater number of trauma victims and newborns with birth defects, creating additional demand for rehabilitative care. This is anticipated to increase the need for physical therapists to help them recover from surgeries, hence bolstering market growth in the region. For instance, as per a report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in April 2022, physical therapist employment is anticipated to increase by 21 percent by the year 2030, which is substantially faster than the average for all occupations.

The high reimbursement policies for physical and occupational therapies are also contributing to market growth. For example, according to APTA data, the payment for therapeutic exercise and manual therapy in the United States in January 2021 was USD 30.36 and USD 27.91, respectively.This is expected to increase the adoption of therapies among patients and, hence, fuel market growth over the forecast period.

Furthermore, rising company activities in launching therapy clinics to expand their service offering to patients in the region are expected to drive market growth over the forecast period.For instance, in August 2022, InReach Physical Therapy launched the first outpatient physical therapy clinic in Hillsboro, which provides patients of all ages access to a wide range of integrated multi-specialty services, including pre- and post-operative care, non-surgical pain management, and sports medicine, among other services. Also, in January 2022, Burke Rehabilitation expanded its outpatient therapy services with the opening of a new Billings outpatient orthopedic and sports therapy center that serves patients with musculoskeletal and orthopedic diagnoses, including those in need of post-operative care. It offers one-on-one therapy sessions to their patients, which aids in their recovery.

Therefore, owing to the aforementioned factors, such as the rising burden of diabetes and arthritis, the growing geriatric population, and an increasing number of physical therapists, the studied market is expected to grow over the forecast period.

Occupational & Physical Therapy Services Market Competitor Analysis

The occupational and physical therapy services market is partially fragmented and consists of several major players. Some of the companies that are currently dominating the market are ATI Holdings, LLC; Select Medical Corporation; Encompass Health Corporation; Upstream Rehabilitation Inc.; and Athletico Physical Therapy, among others.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.2.1 Increasing Occupational and Physical Therapists
4.2.2 Availability of Medical Reimbursements in Some Countries
4.2.3 Increasing Incidence of Sports Injuries
4.3 Market Restraints
4.3.1 Lack of Awareness and Access to the Services in Emerging Markets
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5 MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD million)
5.1 By Payor
5.1.1 Public Health Insurance
5.1.2 Private Health Insurance
5.1.3 Out of Pocket
5.2 By Application
5.2.1 Orthopedic Therapy
5.2.2 General Therapy
5.2.3 Geriatric Therapy
5.2.4 Other Applications
5.3 By Setting
5.3.1 Hospitals
5.3.2 Outpatient Clinics
5.3.3 Other Settings
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 North America United States Canada Mexico
5.4.2 Europe Germany United Kingdom France Italy Spain Rest of Europe
5.4.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Australia South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific
5.4.4 Middle East and Africa GCC South Africa Rest of Middle East and Africa
5.4.5 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Athletico Physical Therapy
6.1.2 ATI Holdings, LLC
6.1.3 Bologna Isokinetic Srl
6.1.4 Concentra, Inc.
6.1.5 CORA Health Services, Inc
6.1.6 Encompass Health Corporation
6.1.7 Knight Health Holdings, LLC
6.1.8 MED-1 Occupational Health Services
6.1.10 Select Medical Corporation
6.1.11 United States Physical Therapy, Inc.
6.1.12 Upstream Rehabilitation Inc.

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Athletico Physical Therapy
  • ATI Holdings, LLC
  • Bologna Isokinetic Srl
  • Concentra, Inc.
  • CORA Health Services, Inc
  • Encompass Health Corporation
  • Knight Health Holdings, LLC
  • MED-1 Occupational Health Services
  • Select Medical Corporation
  • United States Physical Therapy, Inc.
  • Upstream Rehabilitation Inc.