The global outpatient rehabilitation centers market size was valued at USD 79.8 billion in 2021 and is projected to witness a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.09% from 2022 to 2030. The rising adoption of a sedentary lifestyle and the growing aging population are anticipated to boost industry growth during the forecast period. Rehabilitation needs globally are growing coupled with the higher survival rates for individuals with critical medical conditions and disabilities. Motorization and rapid urbanization have very negative impacts on people suffering from injury or disability, which is expected to drive the demand for outpatient rehabilitation services.
As per the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019, approximately 2.4 billion people are in need of rehabilitation globally, which accounts for one in every three individuals. The rising life expectancy, with the number of individuals aged 60 years and above is projected to double by 2050. In addition, the rising incidences of injuries including burns and child developmental disorders, including cerebral palsy, are associated with increased disability levels & impact the functioning of an individual, which are expected to boost the growth of the industry. The rising technological adoption in outpatient rehabilitation centers is expected to foster the growth of the market during the forecast period.
For instance, Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at George Washington University Hospital adopted various modern technologies including AlterG Treadmill and Bioness Vector Gait Training System to provide advanced care. As per the CDC report, the collective data of 1,295 post-COVID-19 patients that were registered for outpatient rehabilitation services in the Select Medical Holdings Corporation suggested that these patients opted for the rehabilitation services for the treatment of pain, poor physical health, and difficulty performing physical activities post COVID-19 infection. This has resulted in greater demand for outpatient rehabilitation services among COVID-19 survivors.
Post COVID Outlook
The pandemic has had negative consequences on the industry owing to the sudden cessation and decline in the visits for outpatient rehabilitation services. For instance, as per the article published in the National Library of Medicine, a 92% decline in the number of patients was reported during the lockdown at outpatient rehabilitation centers in 2020. In addition, around 84% reduction in the weekly visits for outpatient rehabilitation services was reported
Several patients have been referred for outpatient rehabilitation for the post-acute COVID-19 syndrome/Long COVID. The majority of patients were referred for outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation services. Many companies have launched outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation services/programs for COVID-19 patients. For instance, Arkansas Heart Hospital launched an outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program for COVID-19 patients at its Strong Heart Rehabilitation Center
The outpatient rehabilitation visits were affected in the first wave of the pandemic. During the second and third waves of the pandemic, the number of visits to the center remained constant owing to the requirement of care at home, to reduce the burden on the hospitals, and unavailability of the hospital beds
With the adoption of telehealth, the market is regaining its share in the highly competitive industry. It offers alternative means of communication with the therapists without actual visitation and reduces the cost and time of the therapy
Based on therapy type, the industry is further segmented into physical, speech, occupational, behavioral, neurological, cognitive rehabilitation therapies, drug/alcohol addiction treatment, and others. The physical therapy segment dominated the overall industry in 2021 and accounted for the largest share of over 37.80% of the global revenue. The growing number of people participating in fitness programs, along with the growing number of outdoor or sports pursuits, is driving the demand for physical therapy globally. Lower back discomfort, spine, shoulder, and rotator cuff injuries, knee diseases, and other sprains & strains are the most prevalent ailments treated with physical therapy.
Moreover, with efforts to reduce overall patient costs, commercial insurers and government health programs are increasingly turning to low-cost/high-quality outpatient providers. The drug/alcohol addiction treatment segment is expected to witness a significant growth rate during the forecast period. The rising incidences of substance abuse and drug/alcohol addiction are expected to propel the demand for addiction therapy during the forecast period. As per the World Drug Report 2021, by the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, around 66%, 17%, 42%, 60%, and 80% of people in North America, Latin America, Europe, South Africa, and Asia, respectively are consuming drugs.
Based on age group, the industry is further categorized into infants & toddlers, pediatric, adults, and the elderly. The adult segment led the global industry in 2021 and held the largest share of more than 45.10% of the overall revenue. The high share can be attributed to the higher chances of developing acute back pain and other orthopedic conditions, and an increasing number of accidental injuries among them. As per the World Health Organization statistics, more than 38 million Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALY) suffered from falls and resulting in a greater number of years lived with disability. The geriatric segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period.
This can be attributed to the rising geriatric population and the growing prevalence of orthopedic and chronic disorders requiring rehabilitation care. As per the World Population Ageing 2020 Highlights, United Nations, there were approximately 727 million individuals aged 65 years and above in 2020, and this number is projected to reach 1.5 billion by 2050 globally. However, the pediatric segment is expected to witness the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. The rising prevalence of accidental injuries among children and incidences of birth-related defects, such as autism spectrum disorders, motor planning disorders, premature birth, and others, are expected to propel the growth of this segment.
North America dominated the global industry in 2021 and accounted for the largest share of more than 44.35% of the overall revenue. This can be attributed to the increasing number of outpatient rehabilitation centers and favorable reimbursement policies. Outpatient therapies including occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and physical therapy are covered under Medicare Part B. Around 80% of the Medicare-approved cost of outpatient therapy is covered under original Medicare. The Asia Pacific region is expected to witness the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rising prevalence of neurological disorders associated with disability and need for the outpatient rehabilitation care for their treatment.
For instance, as per the article published in American Heart Journal, in 2019, South-East Asia accounted for 64.4 million Disability-Adjusted Life-Years (DALY) neurological disorders and around 85 million patients in the Western-Pacific region. The more prevalent neurological disorders in the region were Alzheimer’s, migraine, stroke, and dementia. Europe is expected to hold a significant share of the market by 2030 owing to the rising substance /drug abuse cases in the region. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, in 2017, around 973,000 opted for rehabilitation treatment at outpatient specialized treatment centers.
The industry is highly fragmented with the presence of many small- and large-scale players and no company holding the major share of the industry. Key players are involved in activities, such as mergers and acquisitions, partnerships & collaborations, and geographical expansion, to stay competitive and offer advanced and global-standard services. For instance, in October 2021, Community Health Systems subsidiary, Grandview Medical Center partnered with Select Medical Corporation to form a joint venture known as Champion Sports Medicine Birmingham, LLC that will offer outpatient rehabilitation services in Birmingham. Some of the key players in the global outpatient rehabilitation market include:
The Mount Sinai Health System
UAB Health System
Nanz medico GmbH & Co. KG
Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital (BJURH)
Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center
Lovelace Health System
Unity Health Toronto
Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (Ernest Health)
Select Medical Corp.
Market size value in 2022
USD 85.3 billion
Revenue forecast in 2030
USD 147.4 billion
CAGR of 7.09% from 2022 to 2030
Base year for estimation
2017 - 2020
2022 - 2030
Revenue in USD billion and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Revenue forecast, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends
Therapy type, age, region
North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa
U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Japan; China; India; Australia; South Korea; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE
Key companies profiled
Forrest Health; The Mount Sinai Health System; UAB Health System; Nanz medico GmbH & Co. KG; Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital (BJURH); Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center; Lovelace Health System; Kimshealth Trivandrum; Unity Health Toronto; Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation; Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (Ernest Health); Select Medical Corporation
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This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2017 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global outpatient rehabilitation centers market report based on therapy type, age, and region:
Therapy Type Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Drug/Alcohol Addiction Treatment
Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy
Age Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Infants & Toddlers
Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2017 - 2030)
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
b. The global outpatient rehabilitation centers market size was estimated at USD 79.8 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach USD 85.3 billion in 2022.
b. The global outpatient rehabilitation centers market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.09% from 2022 to 2030 to reach USD 147.4 billion by 2030.
b. North America dominated the outpatient rehabilitation centers market with a share of 44.3% in 2021. This is attributable to the increasing number of outpatient rehabilitation centers and favorable reimbursement policies.
b. Some key players operating in the outpatient rehabilitation centers market include Forrest Health; The Mount Sinai Health System; UAB Health System; Nanz medico GmbH & Co. KG; Beijing United Family Rehabilitation Hospital (BJURH); Cambridge Medical & Rehabilitation Center; Lovelace Health System; Kimshealth Trivandrum; Unity Health Toronto; Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation; Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (Ernest Health); Select Medical Corporation
b. Key factors that are driving the market growth include growing demand for effective rehabilitation services for disabilities, drug/alcohol addiction, physical injuries, mental health, and others.
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