Say Wha?!

Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

One of the best parts of my job is hearing what people say. You know that show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things?” Well it’s not just kids anymore! Sometimes it’s hard not to giggle a little, but don’t worry I won’t make fun of you…to your face.

First off, I love the names people call physical therapists. Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt our feelings, and it probably just pumps us up even more.  

The most common term people call me is a physical terrorist! I have also been called a pain inflictor, torturer, and I have even been called The Terminator. One sweet lady told me she would tell her friends she is going to terror-py.

Okay, so maybe I do enjoy occasional tears, and cries for mercy. But in the end, I really do want you to get better and live a healthier lifestyle.

What I love even more than being called such encouraging names, is when patients don’t quite get the medical terminology right. For example, in one of my videos I talked about a gentlemen who asked about his “plantain French-fritis.” As you were reading, did you figure out his was asking about his plantar fasciitis? Believe me, I only think it’s funny because if I wasn’t in the health profession, I am sure I wouldn’t know how to pronounce many of these words either. 

Sometimes there is also terminology specific to the region you are living in. I thought I was a good ole southern girl, but some of the things I have heard in the South, I have never heard of before. So don’t feel bad or stupid about saying it wrong. Nine times out of ten, I (and all the other therapists) have heard it pronounced that way before, or we will be able to figure it out after saying it a few times in our head.  

So for fun, I am going to list a few of the terms I have heard. Feel free to try to figure them out, or comment on ones you have heard before…or maybe even said yourself laugh

  1. Rotor cup
  2. Rotisserie cup
  3. Rotorary club
  4. “I’ve got that sciatic nerve.”
  5. “I’m stoved up!”
  6. “It hurts in my leaders”
  7. Fibro-my-allergy
  8. “I’ve got the sugar.”
  9. Tinsel-itis
  10.  “I thought OA stood for old age!”
  11. “Old Arthur is in my knees”
  12. “The rain’s comin’…I can feel it in my bones!”
  13. car-pool tunnel
  14. “The doctor kept telling me I had an acute injury. I didn’t think it was cute at all.”
  15. Tender-itis 
  16. Pair of alice’s

Don’t ever feel like you can’t tell your doctor or therapist something because you might sound or look silly. Open communication is the key to getting better.

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