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The Awesome PT Is Back And Under New Management

Back and better (?) than ever!!!

This blog space is under new management. Fully committed to satire, memes, and fun stuff. Leaving up all the old stuff as is, no changes. Links and all that may not work anymore, sorry (not really).

More fun – less dooshbag. Don’t come in here all serious and angry. If you like to make fun of other people but can’t laugh at yourself, go somewhere else to troll around.

Connect at @TheAwesome_PT via Twitter.

If you have some info that would be great for this blog… would like to do an interview… have some cool memes to add to the collection… tips and/or suggestions… hit up the Twitter account. You can also use the contact form on the “About” page… but there are no guarantees that anyone will read it or get back to you.


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Physical Therapy Fun 12

Because these memes were burning a hole in my pocket and were worth crawling out of the cave for.


May or may not be what I look like


He probably uses that finger for it too


Does anyone really know what “movement system” means?


Sorry not sorry to all the homeopaths out there


Actually, you can’t. But you can rip a lot of people off and likely commit insurance fraud in doing so.


Come on, who has done it? Can’t be just me.


Had to go there


The battle over technical definitions of words and missing the point entirely.


Is this still a thing? Please tell me the fad is over.


The struggle is real

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Local Woman Dedicated To Not Doing Her HEP

Artist portrait of Sally

Artist portrait of Sally

Sally Jacobson is a 59 year old administrative assistant with knee pain since that late 1980’s. She says that she tuned to physical therapy because the local orthopedic surgeon said that he “wouldn’t do a total knee replacement on a person with no willingness to get better.” Thankfully, this surgeon recommended therapy and told her that the physical therapist would use ultrasound to “cure her knee pain.” Or at least that’s what she remembers him saying.

Tara, the physical therapist who drew the short straw states, “While I can’t comment on any of my clients for privacy reasons, some people are determined to be their own worst enemy.” Tara reports that many clients come to ACME thinking that they shouldn’t have to do any exercises. She states that these people are “the worst clients ever.”

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2016 Sexy PT Awards

Welcome to the highlight of the new year, the 2016 Sexy PT Awards. For those of you who would like a quick refresher of previous winners, click here for 2015 and here for 2014.

First, a little introduction to the criteria used and the selection process: Sexy means many things to many people. For these awards, sexiness is defined as being a leader, rockstar, intelligent, respected, adding to the community…and being smoking hot is a bonus. Previous overall winners are forever retired to the SexyPT Hall of Fame.

SexyPT Male: Justin Dunaway @DrDunawayDPT. Sure. Justin might look like a 14 year old boy with dirt on his face. I’m not going to hold that against him…too much. The dude is spending gobs of his own money to help the people of Haiti. If you haven’t checked out the STAND Haiti Project, do it now. Really. Way to actually give back to those in need. Something too many PTs don’t do. In fact, most of the big shots on social media don’t do it.

SexyPT Female: Sharon Dunn @DunnSdunn2. Why Sharon? She’s a leader, and not the type that screams “look at me” all the time. We have enough of those kind of “leaders.” Plus, with her I feel like there’s maybe more hope for the profession. Someone who’s willing to listen.

SexyPTA: Sean Bagbey @sean_bageby. Sean is a strong advocate for PTAs. Even though they are terrible for the profession and we need to kick them out of the APTA…right Larry Benz and John Childs???

SexyPT student Female: Rachel Jermann @RJGotAGoni. Best Twitter handle ever. Great sense of humor, smart, what else is could you ask for? A little too in love with the APTA…but I won’t hold that against her.

SexyPT student Male: Ryan Michael Smith @RyanSmith_ATC. First off, drop the ATC crap. The only people who are ATC’s are ones who aren’t smart enough to get into PT school. Okay people, settle down, that was a joke. Ryan makes the list because he’s the type that can take criticism without losing his freaking mind. That’s actually a rare trait. Good work. Now stay away from that crazy Postural Restoration crap.

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International SexyPT: Adam Meakins @AdamMeakins. Does he say stupid shit sometimes just to be provocative? Is he unnecessarily harsh and rude at times? Is he cut from the same piece of cloth as me? A resounding yes to all of these. Plus, by giving him this award I’m planning on him sharing this on social media so I can gain a bigger following. Does that make me a sellout? I don’t give a shit.

All-I-Do-Is-Plug-My-Own-Shit SexyPT: Ben Fung @DrBenFung. Ben, I’m not going to let you forget that really stupid time when you promoted new grads going self employed right out of school. It did spawn a nice satire post though.

Pain Science SexyPT: Bronnie Thompson @adiemusfree. Bronnie is different than the typical “skeptical PT” crowd that gripes and takes shots at everyone who disagrees with them. You should check out her stuff, it’s different and refreshing.

Podcasting SexyPT: Jimmy “PT Pintcast” McKay @PTPintcast. I’ll be honest, most podcasts are people trying to sell their shit or doing the same crap over and over. Jimmy does good work.

Academic SexyPT: Todd “GrungePT” Davenport @sunsopeningband. Todd shows us that even though academics are boring as hell and detached from reality, there are a few that can kick some ass.

Sure-To-Have-A-Twitter-Meltdown SexyPT: James Dunning @DrDunning. James has this interesting habit of just losing his shit at times on Twitter. Granted, people get pretty personal at times with attacking the Osteopractor name thing. Just roll with it man.

Congrats to this year’s winners. For those of you who didn’t win, try harder. Maybe do some squats and lunges too.

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Crazy Things In PT: Stupid Exercises

Welcome to our series on “Crazy Things In PT.” You can find other posts in the series via these links – Outdated InterventionsPostural Restoration, Crazy Manual Therapy. Before we begin, here’s a little note from the management:

These articles are intended to show some of the things currently done by physical therapists around the US and around the globe. There are many very well meaning PTs out there and we are not in this to shame or accuse specific people of evil motives, only to expose specific theories and/or interventions in physical therapy. We acknowledge that patients do get improvement with some of these techniques, but strong claims call for strong evidence to back it up. Remember, some people do get better after taking a sugar pill.
Individuals will be used as examples from their own videos or published articles, but in every case we will use as much of their own material as possible so they can speak for themselves. Oh, and this is not an educational/research site, so if you have a problem with satire you should just move on.

Oh boy. The sacred cow of physical therapy…exercise. Truth is, some exercises are just stupid. And for this post we’ll be focusing on stupid exercises, corrective exercises, and things that loosely fall under the term “exercise.”

The Shoulder

Let’s get something out of the way right now, is there anything more stupid than the “empty can” exercise? First off, it’s unnatural. Second, for many people it’s painful. Third, it’s stupid.
Empty can ex
If someone has pain with a combination of shoulder internal rotation and elevation, maybe you shouldn’t have them do it as a strengthening exercise! Think, just a little. Continue reading


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