Thursday, June 30, 2016 From PT in Motion: Physical Therapy With Patients Who Are Transgender The patient or client who is transgender faces a host of issues, both physical and cultural, that can have a very real impact on how a physical therapist (PT) or physical therapist assistant (PTA) provides treatment. This month's issue of PT in Motion magazine explores some of those issues, and offers a few tips on how PTs and PTAs can uphold a core ethical principle of a profession that charges its members to respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals. In "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender," author Chris Hayhurst describes the current gaps that can occur in a PT's or PTA's understanding of the unique needs of patients who are transgender. The PTs he interviews have advice on how to narrow those gaps through the entire treatment process—from intake, to provision of services, to referral if needed. The article includes perspectives on how to create a practice that patients who are transgender will see as welcoming, from providing easy-to-do "clues" in the waiting area to seeing to it that intake forms are sensitively worded in ways that allow patients to express (or choose not to express) their gender identity. Hayhurst also interviews PTs who provide perspectives on how the patient who is transgender may require different approaches in the treatment room, and underscore how important it is that the PT be aware of the ways gender reassignment surgeries undertaken by a subgroup of patients can sometimes affect mobility and cause pain. Finally, the article looks at the PT's responsibility to see to it that, should a referral be required for any reason, the referred provider is also attuned to the needs of the transgender population. Also available as sidebars to the article: a glossary of gender terminology, an infographic that helps explain a sweep of transgender-related issues (particularly in health care), and a list of organizations and websites that advocate and educate on behalf of the LGBT population. "Managing Patients Who Are Transgender" is featured in the July issue of PT in Motion magazine and is open to all viewers—pass it along to nonmember colleagues to show them one of the benefits of belonging to APTA. Printed editions of the magazine are mailed to all members who have not opted out; digital versions are available online to members.