An aging boomer population and need for advanced physical therapy expertise in underserved areas are two reasons BenchMark Physical Therapy is adding an unprecedented number of new clinics throughout Georgia. “We will open ten new clinics within the Georgia market in 2012,” according to Walt Porter, VP of Operations.
“Our physicians continue to ask for our help in serving their patients by opening clinics,” said Porter. He went on to say that while patients are willing to travel to appointments with specialty physicians, physical therapy should be convenient to work or home so that patients can more easily complete their plan of care.
“Studies show that when patients complete their plan of care, they are seven times more likely to return to work, use less healthcare benefits, and seven times less likely to have additional surgeries,” according to Porter. “Clearly, the benefits of completing care are significant.”
According to Porter, the BenchMark difference is advanced certification in manual therapy, which is the fundamental clinical focus of the company. “We know that manual therapy is more effective for many diagnoses and that advanced training means that our patients will feel better and move better, faster,” he said, adding that the company evaluates patient progress and reports that their outcomes are significantly better than national averages.
New clinic locations include Buckhead, Canton, Ellijay, Lithonia, Locust Grove, Smyrna and Buford. This winter, the company will open three clinics in the greater Atlanta area.