Learn how to make extra money as a physical therapist!
Have you ever wanted to become a paid physical therapy consultant? Do you want to know what being a PT consultant looks like? Are you looking for more control over what you earn as a physical therapist?
If you said yes to any of the above questions this article is for you. I’m going to show you what being a paid PT consultant looks like and what that entails. For the last two and a half years I have been a regular (every month) PT consultant for both a gymnastics gym and an AAU basketball team. Being a consultant has been one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of my career. The best part about it is that I not only get to work with athletes but I get to control my income. Educating athletes to show them how to improve their performance and decrease their injuries is when my best skills come out. Additionally, being able to teach coaches how to affect change with their athletes is very rewarding.
So what exactly does PT consulting look like? I’ll give you an example. The gymnastics gym I work with has me come in 1-2x/month depending on the time of season & my schedule. When I go on-site I teach the gymnasts how to warmup properly (incorporating dynamic warmups, mobility work, strength work, and gymnast targeted exercises), consult with any athletes having pain or injuries, and educate the coaches on what I see can be improved. I do not treat any athletes, I serve as a hybrid physio/strength coach teaching athletes how to take care of their bodies from a wellness standpoint. I will screen out movements with many of the athletes who have aches and pains to show them why they might be having pain or loss of motion. I will also demonstrate movements and exercises to achieve the desired goal (performance vs mitigating injury). Finally, I will write out any programming that I may suggest them to do before or after practices during the weeks I am not at the gym.
The key with being a consultant is adding VALUE. Many clubs/teams are not aware of how valuable physios are but understand that they need education/help to improve their athletes performance & reduce injuries. This offers a HUGE opportunity for physical therapists who want to work with more athletes and create additional income opportunities for themselves. In fact, you can also become a paid physical therapy consultant as there are so many teams, clubs, and high schools out there. Understanding how to search for the right types of teams, knowing what kind of value you can bring, knowing the right ways to pitch yourself, and understanding the small details (legal, upsells vs cross-sells, etc) can help you become a PT consultant.
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Being a physical therapist doesn’t just mean you have to work in a clinic or hospital. There are so many opportunities for us to gain control over our careers and also earn more money. Stay tuned for more articles showing you different ways you can earn more money as a physical therapist.
Dr. Brian Schwabe, PT, DPT, SCS, COMT, CSCS
Board Certified Sports Physical Therapist