Contrary to what today’s youth would have you believe, Twitter is more than just a platform for sarcastic quips and cute animal videos. (Trust me: I’m a youth.) In fact, it’s the perfect place to keep up with industry news, check in with your favorite PT leaders and advocates, and learn about the latest and greatest treatment approaches. The best part? All of that juicy info is packed into bite-sized statements of no more than 280 characters. It’s one of the easiest ways to consume information—as long as you’ve curated a quality list of accounts to follow.
Finding a good array of industry disruptors and news disseminators is the hardest part of getting started with Twitter—but don’t sweat it. That’s where I’m swooping in to save the day! I used my youth-y sleuthing skills to track down the best physical therapist and PT-related Twitter accounts to follow. So, who should PTs follow on Twitter? These 18 accounts are a great place to start:
- Dr. Theresa Marko, DPT, OCS: @TheresaMarkoPT
- Brendan Sullivan, DPT: @SullPTCSCS
- Dr. Kendra J. Lucas, PT, DPT: @Kendra_PT4Life
- Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC: @HeidiJannenga
- Rick Gawenda, PT: @GawendaSeminars
- Dr. Jarod Carter: @DrJarodCarter
- Karen Litzy, PT, DPT: @karenlitzyNYC
- Erson Religioso, DPT: @The_OMPT
- Erica Meloe: @EricaMeloe
- Mike Reinold: @mikereinold
- Ekso Bionics: @EksoBionics
- NEOFECT: @neofect
- Neuro Rehab VR: @NeuroRehabVR
- APTA: @APTAtweets
- WebPT: @WebPT
- Evidence in Motion: @EIMTeam
- Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PT-PAC): @PTPAC
- Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy: @JOSPT
Keep reading to learn more about these accounts—who runs them, what they stand for, and why they’re worth your support (and your follow).
Industry Advocates and Thought Leaders
If ever there was a time for PT advocacy, this would be it. Check out these Twitter accounts to see what the brightest minds in the profession have to say about the latest legislative changes affecting PT—and what they’re doing about it.
1. Dr. Theresa Marko, DPT, OCS: @TheresaMarkoPT
When it comes to her Twitter account, Theresa Marko is a PT advocacy machine. As a member of the APTA Public Policy and Advocacy Committee, she uses her handle as a megaphone to broadcast the latest policy changes that affect PTs—and she encourages PTs to actually get their boots on the ground and take action against troublesome legislation.
2. Brendan Sullivan, DPT: @SullPTCSCS
Brendan Sullivan is another advocacy extraordinaire who deserves a follow. He has used his seat on the Opioid Alternative Special Committee to appeal directly to state senators—encouraging them to consider physical therapy a viable solution to the opioid crisis. He doesn’t post often, but he shares a lot of great info (doubly so if you live in New York!).
3. Kendra J. Lucas, PT, DPT: @Kendra_PT4Life
Kendra Lucas is all about advocacy, advocacy, and more advocacy. She holds a seat on the Physical Therapy Political Action Committee (PT-PAC) board of trustees—and she devotes her time (and her social media accounts) to fighting for better reimbursements and helping PTs get the recognition they deserve as medical experts. (For more tweets like Kendra’s—but with a dash of leadership advice—check out Eva Norman’s account.)
4. Dr. Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC: @HeidiJannenga
Of course, we’d be remiss not to mention Heidi Jannenga’s social footprint! Her Twitter account is equal parts inspirational, thought-provoking, and informative. She posts about therapists’ opportunities for advocacy, offers suggestions for running a successful business, and encourages anyone and everyone to chase their dreams. Sometimes, she even takes time to celebrate WebPT’s accomplishments—which is something we definitely appreciate!
Compliance Experts and Private Practice Gurus
Many compliance experts are too busy hittin’ the books to maintain an active Twitter account, but the few that frequent the Twitterverse spit knowledge like nobody’s business!
5. Rick Gawenda, PT: @GawendaSeminars
Rick Gawenda is a compliance expert like no other. He’s an exorbitantly active Twitter user, reliably (and frequently) updating his followers about Medicare changes and general legislative developments that filter down the pipeline. Gawenda also regularly answers compliance questions that people tweet at him—to an extent, of course.
6. Dr. Jarod Carter, PT, DPT, MTC: @DrJarodCarter
Have questions about staying compliant while accepting cash for PT services? Unsure how to run a profitable cash-pay practice? Want general clinic leadership advice? If you said “yes” to any of those questions, then check out Jarod Carter’s Twitter page. He’s a cash-pay expert who drops some quality knowledge—and he also shares some quality jokes from time to time. (Who doesn’t like that?)
7. Karen Litzy, PT, DPT: @karenlitzyNYC
Karen Litzy is another cash-based PT—but when she shares her knowledge, she frames it for small-business owners. That means she offers advice about topics ranging from leadership and clinic efficiency to student loan repayment strategies. (Most importantly, she posts pictures of her cat.)
8. Erson Religioso, DPT: @The_OMPT
This is the second time I’ve recommended one of Erson Religioso’s many social media accounts, and that’s because his content is so dang good! He primarily posts about clinical techniques, showcasing different exercises and encouraging PTs to think critically about how they administer care.
9. Erica Meloe, PT, MBA, OCS, COMPT: @EricaMeloe
A self-proclaimed “pain detective” and author of the book Why Do I Hurt? Discover the Surprising Connections That Cause Physical Pain and What to Do about Them, Erica Meloe takes clinical discussion to the next level. She shares relevant clinical news and thought-provoking articles—and she announces when she releases new episodes of her podcast Tough to Treat: a show about managing complex patients as a physiotherapist.
10. Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS: @mikereinold
Because of his gig as an MLB consultant, Mike Reinold has racked up some serious clout outside of the PT industry. He posts semi-frequently about different PT exercises, and while some of his advice is specific to DPT students, his posts are still chock full of quality info. (If you’re looking for more tweets from PTs who work with professional athletes, check out Stephania Bell’s page.)
Slowly but surely, tech is creeping into the world of PT—and these tech-forward PT company accounts are showing off some of the neatest digital devices on the market.
11. Ekso Bionics: @EksoBionics
We’ve written about Ekso Bionics before—and that’s because they make exo-skeletons for PT patients (and we’re of the opinion that exo-suits are totally rad). Ekso Bionics posts patient success stories and shares statistics demonstrating how its assistive technology helps patients accomplish their mobility goals.
12. Neofect: @neofect
Neofect is another company that specializes in assistive technology for PT patients—and its Twitter page is dedicated to showcasing a wide variety of technological gadgets (e.g., a robo glove for patients with hand paralysis, or a stroke rehabilitation game that plays like Dance Dance Revolution). If you like seeing patients use technology to rehabilitate, then this account is worth your follow!
13. Neuro Rehab VR: @NeuroRehabVR
Neuro Rehab VR (an Ascend exhibitor alum) is a company that advocates for the use of VR in everyday rehabilitative therapy treatments. Posts include news updates and research about the benefits of using VR in a medical setting—sometimes with example videos. (It’s pretty neat!)
The best way to bolster the PT profession is to create (and maintain!) a tightly knit community of rehab therapy professionals. These organizations are some of the biggest PT hubs out there—and they publish quality content, to boot.
14. APTA: @APTAtweets
The APTA is a must-follow for any rehab therapy professional. From advocacy opportunities to advice for new grads, the APTA posts it all. Think of this account as your finger on the pulse of all things PT.
15. WebPT: @WebPT
This recommendation might feel a little self-serving, but we truly believe our Twitter account is worth the follow. We serve up oodles and oodles of information for rehab therapists across the country, providing PTs with important news updates, practical marketing and business advice, opportunities for advocacy, and compliance guidance. What’s not to like?
16. Evidence in Motion: @EIMTeam
EIM’s Twitter, like WebPT’s, is stuffed with links to blogs that contain practical knowledge for the everyday PT. Read hot takes about common clinical practice, learn how to adapt your clinic to the financially tumultuous legislative landscape, and noodle about what it means to be a PT—all via EIM’s Twitter.
17. PT-PAC: @PTPAC
Have I convinced you to follow an advocacy account yet? If not (and even if so), consider following the official PT-PAC handle. The PAC posts about its own advocacy efforts and promotes opportunities for PTs to take a stand and advocate for the industry.
18. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy: @JOSPT
If you want to stay on the cutting edge of physical therapy clinical theory, then consider giving the JOSPT a follow. It posts a plethora of research articles that’ll help keep you informed—and your clinical reasoning sharp.
Twitter can be a beneficial social platform to haunt in your spare time—if you’ve curated a good feed, that is. So, what do you think? Are there any Twitter accounts you feel no PT should live without?