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IR after Rotator Cuff Repair, Introducing Yourself as Doctor, and Getting into PT School

On this episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we talk about pushing internal rotation after rotator cuff repair, calling ourselves “doctor,” and how to set yourself apart when applying to PT school. To view more episodes, subscribe, and ask your questions, go to


#AskMikeReinold Episode 72: IR after Rotator Cuff Repair, Introducing Yourself as Doctor, and Getting into PT School

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5 replies
  1. Christine
    Christine says:

    Hi, I’m a PTA working in outpatient orthopedic hospital setting. I find your podcasts helpful and I have discussions with PTs regarding some of your topics and integrate what I have learned into my treatments. But I have a question. Why aren’t there any women in your podcast? Surely there are well respected, experienced, knowledgeable female therapist out there that could provide input. It’s just a thought. Keep posting great material!

    • Mike Reinold
      Mike Reinold says:

      Hi Christine, thanks! Our podcast features our PT staff and students at Champion. We’ve had some female students. That’s funny you even noticed that, we pay no attention to gender. I bet there are many well respected, experienced, and knowledgeable female therapists out there, as you say, and totally think they should start their own podcast, I would listen!

  2. Dr. A
    Dr. A says:

    Hello Dr. Reinold. I believe that one of the things that is very important in advancing our profession is using the title “Dr.” when introducing ourselves to patients, physician’s etc..

    We are facing a lot of scope of practice issues (like the use of Dry Needling as an example). So unless we change how the public and other health care professionals perceive us, we will never advance our profession. In other countries (and now in the state of WI), Doctors of physical therapy can order x-rays/diagnostics. In other countries like the UK, specially trained physiotherapists can write prescriptions related to the musculoskeletal system and they don’t have hold a Doctorate degree!

    We see patients going to personal trainers or massage therapists for therapy/treatment, or even chiropractors (who don’t even have 1/2 of our skills), and unless we stand out as “Doctors of Physical Therapy”, we will not be able to advance our profession.

    Even if you work with athletes as you mentioned, calling yourself “Dr. Reinold” or “Dr. R” will not cause you any problems, in fact, you will be able to help your patients better as they will take what you say more serious and be more compliant as they will appreciate your credentials, and you will still be able to help them get better.

    Last but not least, calling ourselves “Dr.” has nothing to do with ego or making it less “casual”, it is a degree and title that we worked hard to earn and credit should be given where it is due. I have been a PT for 17 years and since I got my DPT, I have been calling myself “Dr.” and I have noticed a much better compliance and more appreciation/respect from my patients and other physicians I work with. People like you who are very active on the web should advocate for the use of title “Dr.”, rather than turn it into a joking matter, because only then, we will be able to expand our scope of practice and start ordering diagnostics, perform dry needling, given injections, etc..

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