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6 Reasons Why PTs and PTAs Should Advocate

As a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant (PTA), your role extends far beyond the treatment room. Advocacy plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare and ensuring that patients receive the care they deserve. In this article, we'll delve into the importance of advocacy for PTs and PTAs and explore six compelling reasons why it's essential to advocate for patients, communities, and the profession itself.

Empowering Patients and Communities

Advocacy empowers patients to access quality care and resources, while also advocating for the broader health needs of communities. Through initiatives like PTAdvocacy, physical therapists and PTAs can advocate for policies that promote health equity and address healthcare disparities.

Shaping Healthcare Policies and Legislation

PTs and PTAs have a unique perspective on healthcare policies and legislation, making them valuable advocates for change. Organizations like the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) provide resources and guidance for advocating for policies that support patient access to physical therapy services.

Enhancing Professional Recognition and Visibility

Advocacy efforts can help raise awareness of the vital role that PTs and PTAs play in healthcare, leading to greater recognition and respect within the profession. By participating in advocacy campaigns and initiatives, PTs and PTAs can elevate the visibility of the physical therapy profession.

Fostering Interprofessional Collaboration

Advocacy encourages collaboration and partnerships between PTs, PTAs, and other healthcare professionals, leading to improved patient care and outcomes. Through initiatives like Healthcare Advocacy, PTs and PTAs can advocate for policies that promote interdisciplinary teamwork and communication.

Advocating for Professional Development and Growth

Advocacy is essential for advocating for professional development opportunities for PTs and PTAs, ensuring they have access to continuing education, mentorship programs, and career advancement opportunities. Organizations like PTAdvocacy offer resources and support for advocating for professional growth within the field of physical therapy.


In conclusion, advocacy is a vital aspect of the physical therapy profession, with PTs and PTAs playing a crucial role in advocating for patients, communities, and the profession itself. By embracing advocacy and actively participating in advocacy efforts, PTs and PTAs can make a meaningful impact on the future of healthcare and ensure that all patients receive the care they deserve.



About the author: Dr. Jared Vagy is a Physical Therapist, a professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and an authority on climbing related injuries. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from USC. He is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Physical Therapy Association. He has over ten years of climbing experience and has climbed all over the world. Climbing and injury prevention are his passions and he is committed to combining the two.



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