10 Ways You Know You're a Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant

This list was created by the always hilarious @sarcasticPT. We may not know who he or she is, but we do know that if you aren’t following him/her on Twitter, you’re missing out on some serious laughs. So, without further ado, here are the 10 Ways You Know You’re a Physical Therapist or PTA:


You can’t enjoy sitting on the beach anymore because it turns into a marathon community gait analysis that is only briefly interrupted by reapplying sun block.


Your twin brother who lives in the same town as you went to a chiropractor for his back pain and you miraculously forgot his birthday that year.


You have a love-hate relationship with OTs.


You can’t buy running shoes from the new hip running store because you’re afraid you’d get into a “running style” argument with the owner, and he sends you a buttload of referrals.


You have diagnosed a child with “Newton’s Syndrome” in your head because you know that:

  • The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, and

  • There is absolutely nothing physically/mentally/emotionally wrong with this child.


You’ve had at least one doctor ask you if you can “pull on his head” because his neck is hurting.


You wear tennis shoes with your khakis. You know it looks ridiculous, but you also know that your feet and back would disagree.


You’ve had to have the “Yes, I went to school for 3 years to get your lazy butt out of bed and walk down the hallway…” convo.


You’ve wondered more than once if the reason a child can’t meet his milestones is because his name is more ridiculous to pronounce correctly than explaining the sounds a pot makes when you drop it on the floor in a cave.


You found out very quickly that the one contraindication to mechanical traction they DON’T teach in PT/PTA school is “Have you ever been in an emotionally traumatic bank robbery hostage situation in a room very similar to our traction room?”

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