Founded in 2005, YouTube has become one of the most popular websites in the entire world. Whether you’re watching cute cat videos, a how-to on fixing your washer, or watching old sports highlights, the video platform has changed the way we consume content. It’s no surprise that you can find a video community for nearly any industry, hobby, or trend. That doesn’t exclude physical therapy! In fact, there are hundreds of videos that showcase a variety of aspects of the physical therapy career. Below we’re going to take a deep dive into the world of physical therapy YouTube.
Types of Physical Therapy YouTube Videos
When we take a look at the physical therapy YouTube world, the best thing we can do is to take a deep dive into the various types of physical therapy YouTube. Whether it’s a PT going over various techniques, a new student doing a “day in the life” of his or her schooling, or simply a Buzzfeed-type Q&A for those in the industry, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there. Let’s take a look at the different types of physical therapy YouTube channels to expect.
Day in the Life
One of the most popular types of physical therapy YouTube channels is the “day in the life” type of videos. There are mainly two types of these videos. The first video is usually a video hosted by a PT. Typically they will own the channel and will post videos going over what their day was like. They might debunk specific myths about the industry or even go over a particularly tough issue they might have come across during their shift. These are great if you like someone who’s personable, and will truly show you what it’s really like being a PT. The other type of channel your see is usually created by a specific practice. These videos are more geared towards promoting the job openings at that specific practice. This will give potential employees an inside look at what it would be like working there.
Like any career, hobby, or activity, there is numerous physical therapy YouTube videos dedicated to educating both physical therapists and patients. Some of the most popular PT videos on YouTube are those that demonstrate physical therapy exercises and techniques. Some that view these videos will be physical therapists themselves, looking to brush up on or learn a new exercise. Other times it will be a patient who wants to do some physical therapy at home. Either way, these educational videos have become incredibly popular over the years.
Another popular physical therapy YouTube video type is the traditional question and answer format. I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of these videos floating around YouTube, just a different version. Usually, it’s one or two people sitting at a table and answering some of the “most-asked” or “strangest questions.” They’re entertaining because they’re honest and unfiltered. This is no different than a physical therapist Q&A. If you’ve been in the physical therapy field for long enough, we’re sure you’ve got your fair share of stories. A question and answer video can be a great way to share some of those funny stories.
Becoming a PT YouTube Star
Okay, so we can’t guarantee you’ll become the next YouTube darling, and bring in thousands of dollars a month on ads alone, but we can at least provide some pointers for starting your physical therapy YouTube journey.
As cheesy as it sounds, we want to watch someone who actually enjoys what they’re doing. Find something about your industry that you’re passionate about and tell everyone about it!
Know Your Stuff
You don’t necessarily have to create a strictly educational video, but make sure your info is correct. This means you might have to do some research or speak with a colleague about the information in your video.
Tell Your Friends
There are no bigger fans than your friends and family. One of the best promotional tools you can use is social media, and more specifically, the social media of your friends and family. If you show that you’re truly passionate about your video content, they’ll be happy to share it!
We hope you were able to get a good look at the world of physical therapy YouTube. What are your favorite YouTubers to watch? Comment below!