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Arkansas Physical Therapy Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Arkansas?
Examining and evaluating patients with mechanical, physiological, and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health-related conditions in order to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and planned therapeutic intervention.
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
Alleviating impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions that include:
Preventing injury, impairments, functional limitations, and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations; and
Engaging in consultation, testing, education, and research.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
The therapeutic intervention of bronchopulmonary hygiene and debridement of wounds require a physician referral before initiation of treatment.
Physical therapy does not include radiology or electrosurgery.
Are there any special trainings required?
Ark. Code Ann. § 17-93-102
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