I have previously tried to limit the impact of my personal preferences on my writing. I justified this choice as being useful to reach a larger number of professionals in my field, and ultimately, have a greater influence on clinical practice. Emphatic, assertive statements tend to garner massive support amongst those who already agree with you, but this also leads to quick dismissal from those who fall outside of that group. While this may be true, unspoken points of view also fail to impact beliefs just the same. Backfire effect aside, I am stepping onto a pedestal for a moment to tackle a large pet-peeve of mine that’s been circulating around social media.
In the United States, physical therapists aspire to fulfill a central and irreplaceable role in the musculoskeletal realm. Our profession seeks to “transform society” and “improve the human experience” through our care. An obstacle to occupying this prominent seat at the healthcare table has been our nebulous identity in the eyes of the public. Other medical professions have a clearly demarcated service to provide whereas we struggle to generate a consistent image.Read More