Physical Therapy Humor: A Few Jokes Only PTs Understand Part 1
By Mike Severo, PT
PT Cruising: Humerus Bits for Physical Therapists
Physical therapy is a severely underrated profession. If you work in this field, you're faced with the heavy-duty of helping people regain their capacity to function in their social, professional, and civic lives. This can be overwhelming at times.
It is know both anecdotally and scientifically that a bit of humor can help us humans get through stressful times, and physical humor is no exception. In this spirit, here's a quick look at some hilarious bits of PT levity to bring a smile to your face.
Let's dive right in.
So, I was taking my strait-laced, marine veteran dad out to his physical therapy appointment in my car when I decided to put on some music. The first song that came up was Shakira's 'Hips don't lie.'
So, my dad goes: Hey, do your hips lie to you?
I reply: Well….no?
Dad replies: Heh, mine do, being prosthetics and all.
I almost drove us into a ditch.
So, what does the pinched nerve tell all his buddies? 'You know, before physical therapy, I used to be a real pain in the neck.'
Ask yourself, why wouldn't Gwen Stefani make a good physical therapist? Because she holds a very strict 'Don't tell me cause it hurts' policy in her offices (shoutout to all the 90s kids).
As a patient's body was falling apart, bodies kept trying to separate themselves from each other —all except for the femurs and patellas. So, one patella asked a femur, ‘Why are you so devoted to sticking by me?’. 'I kneed you!', the femur replied.
As a therapist, I didn't want to raise my patient's expectations too high, so I had to keep them on their toes.
All physical therapy patients come in wondering whether they'll make a satisfactory recovery. More often than not, the most reassuring answer is, 'It's going tibia OK.'
Checking in on one of my therapy student's progress, I asked them how they were coming along. Without skipping a beat, they replied, 'It's a joint effort!' I swear they must have been planning that for days.
After a therapy session, I asked a patient how they felt. They replied, with a wide grin on their face, that their back felt like I was pretty hilarious - it was cracking up the whole time!
Don't ever worry about your attractiveness as a physical therapist - what other profession do you know of where you can literally be turning heads all day?
There’s humor to be found everywhere, even in the darkest of circumstances. Keep a smile on your face, and you can be sure that you’ll be more effective as you tend to those under your care.