A few weeks ago, I posted the following question to my personal Facebook page:
“What's the first thing you think of when you hear physical therapy and/or physical therapist?”
I received a bunch of responses and I am thankful for everyone that helped me out in responding. With the exception of the sarcastic answers from some of my fellow colleagues, the answers were all over the board.
Here are some:
I love a lot of these answers. But this is the pain of being a physical therapist. It’s probably the pain for a lot of professions.
A lot of the problem lies in the vast variety of backgrounds and biases that we’re all exposed to and develop in our education and throughout our careers. Combine that with someone’s unwillingness to be open-minded (because there’s no way our foundational education could be wrong or outdated!) and have their thoughts challenged, and we have a recipe for a ton of mixed messages being passed on to the public. No wonder people are so confused.
Here’s what physical therapy should and can be:
Not all physical therapy and/or physical therapists are the same. Find someone you trust but don’t be afraid to ask questions and educate yourself! If you need help finding someone in your area, I’d be happy to help!