I've had a wide variety of physical therapists in my time.
My first was a young woman. I had to go to Physical therapy for a few weeks to recover from a flare when I was eight. She was very nice, and I don't remember too much actual 'work,' because mostly it seemed like we played games and such. :)
My next physical therapist came when I was about twelve. She was an older woman who always started out sessions by loosening my hip. She was very nice indeed, though she did not tolerate when I started giving up the last few minutes of the session: I had to be giving way more than humanly possible at ALL times. Sometimes I wondered if this was like military training.
I had another physical therapist around that same time. He was an older man and very kind. I remember we had a lot of laughs. After he taped my feet so I wouldn't be so flat footed, he informed me I could stop walking like a robot. I only saw him a handful of times, though I did like when I got him.
After those two, I saw another young woman. This one was very nice to my mother and I during the consultation. After I'd go for sessions alone, that changed. She would tell me what to do, how many to do and walk away. I would see her around the corner having a coffee and chatting with some of the other physical therapists. She would give me a ridiculous amount of exercises to do and then leave me for way too long. When she came back, she would tell me what number I'm on. I'd tell her I finished a few minutes ago, and she wouldn't believe me. Then she would do the same thing again.
Rest assured, after two sessions with her, I saw another physical therapist. He was kind. He genuinely cared. We were even height compatible so it was perfect for certain stretches and exercises that I needed assistance with. Seems perfect? Not really. He thought he was a doctor, so he blamed all my pain on my knock knees. He worked a lot on getting my knees to go straight. Which didn't work at all since my knock knees are the result of an inverted thigh bone. No amount of muscle strengthening and stretching can ever get my bone to twist back in place.
I haven't gone back to physical therapy since , and it's been a couple years now. I've found working out on my own has given me the best results. Do you have any interesting physical therapists?