Thousands of physical therapists around the world got in the spirit of World Physical Therapy Day – organising activities, talking to the public, engaging in debate and celebrating the profession’s achievement.
Over the 48 hours that World PT Day continued around the globe, from New Zealand to the USA, 2,435 people used the #worldptday hashtag on Twitter, making 5,583 tweets at an average of 116 tweets per hour – potentially reaching nine million people with their positive messages about the profession. On Facebook, WCPT’s World PT Day messages were shared 2,213 times and reached 350,000 people.
WCPT member organisations from every region posted news and pictures about activities. A fuller report of their activities will be published on the WCPT website shortly – please send pictures and reports to firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical therapists joining an online tweetchat organised by Physiotalk for World PT Day discussed how they worked in partnership with patients, clients, citizens and populations to help them to fulfil their potential.
Contributing to the discussion, WCPT President Emma Stokes said: “We can’t remove the person from their context. Solutions must be owed by individuals, so resolving challenges can be explored.” Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy, urged the world of physical therapists to “be creative, imaginative, ready to listen and have impact”.
Other global organisations also used World PT Day to mark the unique contribution of PTs. The Global Clubfoot Initiative used the day to highlight the contribution of “six dedicated and inspirational physiotherapists from around the world” working in the field.
And Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) focused on and praised the contribution of physical therapists in its monthly update to supporters and on its website. “Many thanks to HVO's physical therapists, a dedicated group of professionals who are always willing to lend a hand,” it said.