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What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

On this episode of the #AskMikeReinold show we talk about one main topic: what does a physical therapist do, and how do we educate the public about this? To view more episodes, subscribe, and ask your questions, go to


#AskMikeReinold Episode 133: What Does a Physical Therapist Do?

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5 replies
  1. Jo
    Jo says:

    Hi Mike (and crew!)

    This was a really good topic to cover. I respect Massage Therapists and their skills (I was one for a short period of time before heading into PT school), but getting asked for massages makes my head hurt lol.

    How do you think we should differentiate ourselves from an Athletic Trainer? That’s also a profession that I have heard PT compared to. As a PT myself, I know that we work well alongside them, but to chat with a current or potential patient about the differences, and who’s service they should seek out has been challenging. You’ve mentioned in this podcast that people shouldn’t just see us post operatively or for a specific injury, but why would they come to US as opposed to an Athletic Trainer? How do I explain the value in both professions the correct way?

    Thanks again for the great learning resources on this site (and Inner Circle too!)


    • Mike Reinold
      Mike Reinold says:

      Thanks Jo. ATCs and PTs are different for sure. ATCs excel at on field diagnosis and acute injury management, that’s something PTs just don’t have enough experience in. But as you can see, the two are very complimentary. Not sure if it matters per state, but the general public can’t just go see an ATC like they can a PT, PT’s are more training in differential diagnosis and medical issues to be the first point of contact for a patient. ATCs are still regulated to need to work under the care of a physician, if I am correct.

  2. Matt Duff
    Matt Duff says:

    Great episode! As a recent graduate I agree with Mike’s statement that I can see our profession heading into specialties just as the MDs did years ago.

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