Working from home and taking up new physical activities has prompted an uptick in local physical therapy demand, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

At the start of the pandemic, patient visits dropped and 54 percent of physical therapists reported working fewer hours, according to an American Physical Therapy Association survey cited by the news outlet. Now, demand is back up to pre-pandemic levels for some Chicago-area physical therapists who say they’ve seen an uptick in people experiencing pain due to working long hours from home in unsupportive furniture such as a couch, and new exercise routines. 

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