5 Lessons You Don't Learn in PT School

Physical Therapy, Mobility & Recovery, Functional Movement Screen

Becoming a physical therapist requires a lot of formal education. We have to take an undergraduate and a master’s degree filled with anatomy, physiology, chemistry, physics, and psychology courses. Most of us are in school six or seven years. Then we finally come out of it excited and ready to use all the mad physio skills we learned.


It’s not until you’re out of the formal education system and working that you learn an important lesson: what we were taught in school barely scratches the surface. I hope it doesn’t sound like I am putting down formal education. As physios, we have a lot to learn in very little time. What I hope you get from this article is that there is so much more to it. Here are five lessons I’ve learned during my four years of working as a physical therapist.


Lesson #1: The Hip Bone Is Connected to the Leg Bone

In school we look at the body in isolation. Something is wrong with the shoulder, so you look at the shoulder. Maybe if you have a good clinician working with you, you will learn the shoulder issue might be related to the upper back. But that’s about as far as you go. Same goes for the lower body. Hip problem? It’s got to be the hip.


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