Better Rehabilitation, Faster Recovery

A Talk with Larry Benz

May 21st, 2019 in Physical Therapy
data science

We had the pleasure of talking with Dr. Larry Benz about PT and technology. We came across the EIM Practice Leadership Podcast, where Dr. Larry Benz discussed artificial intelligence in physical therapy and how it can be used to further PT and we explored more about his opinions on the subject. Here are his insights on the current state of PT:

Q1. What is the most valuable characteristic of a PT in your opinion?

R1. Resilience! It is the ability to persist in the face of challenges and to bounce back from adversity. It's most important because it is also the most important trait, we have to teach our patients.

Q2. How important is the patient data in order to achieve better outcomes in your opinion?

R2. Mandatory! Whether it is objective clinic data or patient self-report on a validated instrument

Q3. What are your thoughts on PTs embracing new technologies?

R3. Healthcare in general lags behind most professions in engaging new technology-PT's are generally more open to others in healthcare but we have to improve.

Q4. How do you see the future of Physical Therapy?

R4. PT is the best first choice for accessing patients that have musculoskeletal problems-aches, pains, sprains, or strains. The future of healthcare will have physical therapists at the top of the care pathway.

Q5. What do you think is a necessary change in PT education?

R5. Better value. Right now, DPT is generally an expensive 3-year degree with starting salaries that have not kept up lock step to the cost of education. We need to change that time frame and enable PT's to get a license after 2 years of clinicals, complete their degree and pay them as they are licensed. This shortening will make it far more cost effective.

Q6. What measures can we take to encourage patients to seek a PT first instead of going into surgery for example?

R6. Creating a massive awareness and sensitivity to seek PT first-through public service releases, advertisements, and data demonstrating cost savings.

Physical Therapy is a practical field, it will always need good professionals, but that doesn’t necessarily mean tech can’t be a great addition to PTs who want to improve patients’ outcomes, have a more accurate diagnose and increase the reach for more patients. All of these are designed to offer a better overall experience for all the patients visiting your clinic.

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Larry Benz

Dr. Larry Benz, DPT, OCS, MBA, MAPP is the President/CEO of Confluent Health which includes the following companies: Evidence In Motion, Texas Physical Therapy Specialists, ProRehab, Fit For Work, Breakthrough Physical Therapy, PT Central, Redbud Physical Therapy, SporTherapy, Orthopaedic and Sport Physical Therapy, ProActive Physical Therapy Specialists, Kinetacore, The International Spine and Pain Institute, and the NeuroRecovery Training Institute. He is nationally recognized for his expertise in private practice physical therapy and occupational medicine. Dr. Benz’s current interests include conducting research and integrating empathy, compassion, and positive psychology interventions within physical therapy. He will be releasing a book in the near future, Called to Care, that highlights this research. With over 175 invited presentations to PT programs, national conferences, and MBA programs throughout the country, Dr. Benz has been on APTA’s Advisory Panel on Practice and The Board of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and was a Trustee and Chariman with The University of Louisville. He is currently a Trustee with the Foundation for Physical Therapy. He is the recipient of numerous business and physical therapy awards including the Kentucky Physical Therapy’s Outstanding Physical Therapists award and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year for his region. He is the co-developer of, and, a blog devoted to the principles of EBP in physical therapy. His Foundation is the co-developer of Jacmel Rehabilitation in Haiti which can be found at