Reading-Berks Physical Therapy recently announced its new mission to become a leader in the growth of the physical therapy industry by introducing a company-wide quarterly Industry Growth Forum.The company's 15 physical therapists will be meeting quarterly to discuss how the industry is evolving and looking to future healthcare needs for patients undergo-an injury or a chronic illness.

The goal of the Industry Growth Forum is to foresee upcoming changes in the industry to make sure that the services, techniques and equipment that Reading-Berks Physical Therapy provides their patients is always the most progressive in the area.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of physical therapists was expected to grow 27 percent from 2006 to 2016, much faster than the average for all other occupations.

There are quite a few factors that are influencing this number: the increasing elderly population, ongoing identification of chronic conditions, more sophisticated orthopedic and neurosurgical techniques, population geography, and racial and ethnic diversity, just to name a few.

"There are many demographics that are particularly vulnerable to chronic and debilitating conditions that require therapeutic services," mentioned Steve Hetzel, PT, DPT, ATC and Partner of Reading-Berks Physical Therapy. He continued, "The team at Reading-Berks decided to make it our mission to study environmental factors to make sure that our practice is always on the forefront of advancing the industry. We have also recognized that the growing interest in the promotion of general health and fitness and we have teamed with our local fitness centers to provide after-therapy fitness programs."

The Reading-Berks quarterly Industry Growth Forum takes place on the second Tuesday of each quarter.

New initiatives and ideas that are generated at the meeting will be posted on their website at

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