As those of you who read this blog regularly know, I was in physical therapy for awhile (twice a week for two and a half months). I finished at the beginning of June after breaking my arm near the shoulder in January. I’m just about 100% – still need to stretch regularly to get my full range of motion back.
But anyway, while I was at PT, I had a lot of time to observe what everyone who works there wears. Dressing as a physical therapist is a little tricky because you have to balance practicality with style. Physical therapists are on their feet a lot and are physically helping their patients by stretching them out or teaching them new moves. I had a conversation about this with my physical therapist one day and she gave me these do’s and don’ts for how to dress for work as a physical therapist:
- Flat, comfortable shoes.
- Pants. You can mix it up with capris or colored pants.
- A watch to make sure you’re sticking to the schedule so your patients are getting in and out on time.
- Minimal, short jewelry so their not getting caught on exercise equipment or your patients!
- Hair pulled back if you have long hair.
- Low pants or shirts – keep it professional!
- Long necklaces or scarfs that will get in the way.
- Cargo pants (they’re too casual).
- Dresses, skirts or heels (because you’ll just look ridiculous).
For more inspiration, here’s more on what to wear as a physical therapist: