**Voting ends December 31, 2013**

Oxford Dictionary recently named the 2013 word of the year: selfie

I was planning on taking a close up self-portrait of myself to post here, including a duck face, but I’ll let you know use your imagination…while I save my dignity.  I have to keep a reputation around here.

On to my point. There has been an abundance of phrases and words floating around the PT profession this past year.   I know some have been used prior to 2013 but I do work in a rural area, so sometimes we are a slight bit behind in style.

My thoughts, and with the help of Ann (@PranaPT), Jerry (@Jerry_DurhamPT) and Selena (@SnippetPhysTher), I’ve composed a poll with a few choice words/phrases for YOU to vote on.  These will be in the hashtag format, as Twitter has remarkably allowed the English language to have run-on words without repercussions professionally.  I’ve also given you the option to write in your own word/phrase that you think is the word of the year for physical therapy.

But first, here is a breakdown of the four choices for PT Word of the Year:

#solvePT

Use this hashtag for any type of professional issue in the field of physical therapy that assists in our growth, change, or just general discussion on how to solve problems.  Over a year ago, Dr. E wrote a piece and Kyle Ridgeway wrote an article on utilizing this hashtag to solve problems, or better yet, solve PT.

#bizPT

Any type of business (cash-based, private practice, hospital-based), marketing, improving productivity/efficiency in treating, websites/EMR or the like should link back to this hasthtag.  This pound key also is helpful to spread quotes from some of the most successful CEOs or successful management strategies for staff.  In other words, the business side of PT.

#PTPubNight

Who doesn’t want to debacle over the latest research or what manual therapy does over a pint of beer?!  As stated on the website, www.ptpubnight.com is: casual gatherings through which PTs connect to discuss passions, problems, and ideas.  Raleigh, NC just had one this past week and upset I missed it, but planning on going next time.  Want to know when the next group is getting together near you? Check out the website and even subscribe here.

#osteopractor

Perhaps the most debated term in the profession of physical therapy since the invention of doctors of PT and Direct Access.  It could also be the label that manual physical therapists have been looking for since manual therapy came a norm for us 40 years ago. You decide! Coined by Dr. Dunning and stated on Spinal Manipulation Institute’s website: An OSTEOPRACTOR is a physical therapist or medical doctor that has completed an evidence-based post-graduate training program in the use of high-velocity low-amplitude thrust manipulation and dry needling for the diagnosis and treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions of the spine and extremities. 

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