Between juggling a career, family, household, friends and everything in between- who has the time—or the energy—to also stay current on the latest physical therapy ideas and trends?
Podcasts are a great resource for overcoming these types of time-related obstacles without having to give up something else. By subscribing to some of the most listened to physical therapy podcasts, you can easily plug in and listen while driving, exercising, or on the go.
But which podcasts are preferred by other PTs who are constantly striving to learn more? Here are a few to consider.
With around 400 episodes to date, the Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast is a great way to hear from a number of top physical therapy (PT) experts, as well as other professionals related to wellness and entrepreneurship, ultimately helping you build a better you and a better PT service provider.
Hosted by Karen Litzy, PT, DPT, MS, owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy, PLLC in New York City, this podcast covers topics ranging from PT continuing education options to working with specialized populations (such as pediatrics or female athletes). It even provides a little PT inspiration via episodes such as “Pain Heroes, Stories of Recovery & Hope.”
The unique thing about the #Ask Mike Reinold Show is that the host Mike Reinold—a physical therapist, strength and conditioning coach, and performance enhancement specialist—encourages listeners to submit their questions online, giving him and his team the opportunity to address issues most important to you, the listener.
He shares his knowledge regarding anything related to physical therapy, sports performance, fitness, health, business, baseball, and more. You can even request a specific interview if there’s someone else you’d like to hear from in the field.
Whether you prefer to listen to your podcasts on iTunes, Spotify, or simply download them to your Android, PTonICE has you covered. With a new episode released every day, these podcasts provided by the Institute of Clinical Excellence (ICE) expose eager PTs to a variety of topics designed to increase their knowledge in several different areas.
They offer podcasts which discuss when PT is preferred over surgery for meniscal tears (and vice versa), what type of post-workout protein is best for active patients, and how to practice CrossFit safely at any age.
Maybe you’re the type of person who prefers a more research-focused podcast. In this case, the British Journal of Sports Medicine offers a series of episodes designed to share the latest research and reviews in the field of PT, with some episodes being more of a debate about topics related to sport and exercise medicine.
A few of the most downloaded episodes (over 10,000 downloads) include “Is your patient ready to run? Blaise Williams shares his 5-minute clinic assessment to help you” and “Dr Alison Grimaldi with practical physiotherapy tips on treating lateral hip pain.”
#5: Pain Reframed
Sponsored by the International Spine and Pain Institute, the Pain Reframed podcasts are hosted by Tim Flynn, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT and Jeff Moore, PT, DPT, MTC, Cert-SMT, OCS, FAAOMPT, as well as guest host Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, CSMT.
Pain Reframed shares that its ultimate goal is to “uncover how pain is being managed in society and how we, as healthcare professionals, can minimize patient suffering.” They do this by discussing how people are conditioned to panic when it comes to pain, behavioral patterns related to pain, managing pain without the use of medications, and more.
#6: PT Pintcast
If you prefer to take in your podcasts while sipping a pint of your favorite malt beverage (or a glass of wine), PT Pintcast may be the perfect physical therapy podcast for you. It actually started in 2014 after host Jimmy McKay attended a conference as a 1st year PT student yet didn’t totally understand the information presented. Later that evening, he had the opportunity to speak with the presenter over a couple of beers and enjoyed the fact that the conversation was “real, candid, intelligent.”
That’s the type of information he now aims to bring to his listeners on PT Pintcast. He invites you to pour yourself a cold one, sit back and relax as he interviews physical therapists from all over the world, all while enjoying a cold one himself.
Podcasts have made it possible to stay current in the field of physical therapy all while meeting your obligations at the same time.