Face screaming in fear emoji Patients freaking out over high copays and deductibles? Learn how to handle 'em in our March webinar. Register now.


There’s nothing quite like being a physical therapist.

1. Your work dress code includes Dri-FIT.

reddit.com

2. You get to work with seriously amazing co-workers who feel more like family than colleagues. #PTFam

theodysseyonline.com

3. You have the ability to work per diem with a flexible schedule.

Gilmore Girls

4. Or become a traveling therapist.

yourfriendelle.com

5. Not to mention that your job includes cheering on some of the best patients around...

nbc.com

6. In a profession that supports total body wellness.

huffingtonpost.com

7. That said, sometimes, you get a patient who just doesn’t cooperate.

kansascity.com

8. And you’ve had to perfect the art of acting like you believe the “yes, I’ve done my HEP” speech.

reddit.com

9. And live with the “you give great massages” compliment.

Homes.com

10. Oh, and let’s not forget that you have to explain to your family what you actually do as a PT.  

reddit.com

11. Plus, long days at work leave you feeling like you might need PT yourself.

Gilmore Girls

12. Because even your best pair of Nikes can’t make up for a long week of treating patients.

Parks and Recreation

13. But, just when you think that you can’t take one more late, uncooperative, or flat-out difficult patient,


tumblr.com

14. You see a child who has been told she’ll never ambulate, take her first steps.

The Bachelorette

15. Or, as a result of your care, a police officer is able to go back to work—pain free.

GIPHY Originals

16. You’ve helped a mom get her groove back.

mtv.tumblr.com

17. And created a comprehensive plan of care so an athlete can get back in the game.

genius.com

18. You’ve found that all those years spent in school are finally worth it.

wordpress.com

19. And you realize that you’re making a difference in the world...

reddit.com

20. Simply by doing what you do best: reducing your patients’ pain and helping them gain or restore functional movement.

Tumblr.com


There you have it: 20 GIFs that perfectly describe what it’s like to be a PT. If you liked this post, don’t forget to share it on social media and tag WebPT. And in the meantime, keep crushing it, PTs!

New Year, New Codes: How to Bill for PT and OT Evaluations in 2017 - Regular BannerNew Year, New Codes: How to Bill for PT and OT Evaluations in 2017 - Small Banner
  • Bundle Up: Why Payment Bundling Could Pay Big for PTs Image

    articleApr 20, 2015 | 7 min. read

    Bundle Up: Why Payment Bundling Could Pay Big for PTs

    If you need to get into a cold swimming pool, it’s usually better—and more painless—to just dive right in. When it comes to adopting a new payment model, on the other hand, it’s usually smarter—and less risky—to take the plunge one chilling step at a time. Health care is moving toward a value-based payment environment ; there’s no question about that. But for providers who’ve been marching to the tune of fee-for-service payment since, well, forever, doing …

  • This Week in PT News, June 5 Image

    articleJun 5, 2015 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, June 5

    Depression May Lead to Low Back Pain Multiple studies now show that patients who suffer from depression are at an increased risk of developing lower back pain. Researchers analyzed a pool of data from 19 different studies, ultimately determining that symptoms of depression increased the risk of developing low back pain by around 60%. They cited multiple factors that could account for the link, including age, biological characteristics, lifestyle, and genetics. To find out more about the …

  • This Week in PT News, September 5 Image

    articleSep 5, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, September 5

    World PT Day is September 8 World PT Day is almost here, which means it’s time for all of you to celebrate your profession, while educating consumers on why they should #GetPT. This year’s theme is “Fit to take part.” To get flyers, pamphlets, and more information related to World PT Day, visit the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s website here . How are you planning to celebrate? Researchers find potential for “in body” muscle regeneration A …

  • Future-Proofing Your Practice: Diversifying Revenue Streams Image

    downloadJan 7, 2016

    Future-Proofing Your Practice: Diversifying Revenue Streams

    What does it take to future-proof your practice? In this guide, we’ll talk about how you can incorporate health and wellness services to diversify your practice’s revenue streams and boost your bottom line. Ready to prepare your practice for the age of payment reform? Enter your email address below to download Future-Proofing Your Practice, Volume 3.

  • This Week in PT News, April 4 Image

    articleApr 4, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 4

    ICD-10 Delayed On Monday, the Senate approved HR 4302, which extends the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) fix for another year and delays mandatory ICD-10 implementation until 2015. Learn more about this legislation and how it will affect your practice here . Muscle Mass Valuable in Older Adults A new study out of UCLA shows that the more muscle mass older adults have, the less likely they are to die prematurely. This article explains why muscle mass might …

  • Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar Image

    articleFeb 13, 2017 | 13 min. read

    Common Questions from our Cloudy with a Chance of Reform Webinar

    In our first webinar of 2017 , WebPT’s co-founder and president, Heidi Jannenga, teamed up with CEO Nancy Ham to discuss the current and future healthcare trends that will impact PTs, OTs, and SLPs. (Missed it? No worries; you can view the complete recording here .) As always, we received quite a few questions during the presentation—way more than we could address live. So, we’ve put them all here, in one handy Q&A doc. Scroll through and …

  • What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT  Image

    articleAug 11, 2016 | 3 min. read

    What the New HCAHPS Proposal Means for the Future of Hospital-Based PT

    When a patient is in pain, that patient wants relief—fast. And even if the patient knows medication is only a temporary fix—and a potentially dangerous one, at that—he or she will probably still choose drugs over longer-lasting, less-instant treatment options like physical therapy. For healthcare providers beholden to payment structures that incentivize patient satisfaction, that preference presents a real pickle: give the patient what he or she wants—long-term consequences be damned—or risk lower satisfaction scores (and potentially …

  • This Week in PT News, April 10 Image

    articleApr 10, 2015 | 1 min. read

    This Week in PT News, April 10

    Study Touts PT as Effective Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis A new study revealed that physical therapy could be just as effective as surgery in treating the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back pain and nerve damage. Surgery for this ailment has a 15% complication rate, with half of those complications considered life-threatening. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a low-risk treatment alternative, and study participants who nixed surgery to #GetPT …

  • This Week in PT News, August 29 Image

    articleAug 29, 2014 | 2 min. read

    This Week in PT News, August 29

    National School Backpack Awareness Day It’s that time of year again! On September 17, the American Occupational Therapy Association will host its annual National School Backpack Awareness Day. Did you know that a child’s backpack should weigh no more than 10% of his or her body weight? Click here to get some tips on packing and carrying backpacks and to learn how you can host your own backpack weigh-in event. Arthroscopic Knee Surgery: Why it May Not …

Achieve greatness in practice with the ultimate EMR for PTs, OTs, and SLPs.