Disclaimer: This post is not directed towards any patients of mine. The following observations have been discussed by myself and fellow PT’s over the years, and I think it is time the public becomes informed, and hopefully laughs a little.
Patient: (Calling PT clinic for the first time) Hi, I’d like to schedule an initial evaluation
Administrator: Okay, well I will need to get some information from you first.. yadda, yadda, yadda
(After 5 minutes of info taking)
Patient: Thank you for your help.
Administrator: Oh, one last thing. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, because your therapist may have you move around a lot.
Comfortable clothing has apparently changed in recent years. When I started working in PT clinics over 5 years ago you could look around and see sweats, basketball shorts, sneakers, jeans, and t-shirts, and not much else. But, apparently the current state of comfortable clothing is somewhat unacceptable. I have taken it upon myself to point out a few articles of clothes that most likely do not belong in a PT clinic.
Who wears short shorts? HE wears short shorts?: I have no problem with short shorts, worn in the appropriate settings (the beach, John Stockton, etc) . One of these settings is not one where you may be asked to touch your toes, or lay on your back with your legs in the air. I understand that when in private rooms boundaries can get hazy with dress code, but when in an open clinic, the fact that YOU may not mind “feeling an extra breeze” here and there, doesn’t mean that the other patients don’t mind. Boxers fall into this category too, regardless of length, due to the fact that they are UNDERWEAR.
Onesies (one-zees): Yes, real onesies are still worn. When I need to look at your back, it’s probably not best to cover it in one of the most inaccessible articles of clothing ever created.
Heels: Okay, I understand that you came from work. I also understand that you were told to bring comfortable clothes. I cannot think of many women who will say heels qualify as comfortable clothes. I am sure to point this out during my evaluations. When I tell these women (sorry to pick on you ladies, I haven’t eval’d a guy wearing heels yet) to bring their sneakers the second visit because I want to watch them run, I will without a doubt get a woman in heels. I don’t even want to get into why they are bad for you.
Uggs: No explanation needed
Workout Gloves: I have had patients performing Olympic lifts while wearing gloves, and I am fine with that, but If you are about to perform wrist flexion and extension exercises with rubber coated 4lb weights, leave the gloves in the locker room.
Rocker-bottom Shoes: Even if these were backed with research, C’MON! I mean, look at them. I have treated more people who have fallen down stairs while wearing them than people who say they work.
Over-sized Backpacks: I was in high school once too. I had massive amounts of homework too. I also knew how to use my locker. I once treated a 120lb class wrestler, whose backpack weighed 36lbs (Yes, I actually weighed it). That’s 30% of his body weight. That’s like me carrying 53 lbs on my back, RIDICULOUS. Oddly enough, I was treating him for back and knee pain.
If you are a physical therapist please feel free to add to this list. Please keep things clean, and remember, this is all in good fun.