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Connecticut Physical Therapy Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Connecticut?

"Physical therapy" means the evaluation and treatment of any person by the employment of the effective properties of physical measures, the performance of tests and measurements as an aid to evaluation of function and the use of therapeutic exercises and rehabilitative procedures, with or without assistive devices, for the purpose of preventing, correcting or alleviating a physical or mental disability.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

"Physical therapy" includes the establishment and modification of physical therapy programs, treatment planning, instruction, wellness care, peer review, and consultative services and the use of low-level light laser therapy for the purpose of accelerating tissue repair, decreasing edema or minimizing or eliminating pain.

"Low-level light laser therapy" means low-level light therapy having wave lengths that range from six hundred to one thousand nanometers.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

Physical therapy does not include surgery, the prescribing of drugs, the development of a medical diagnosis of disease, injury or illness, the use of cauterization or the use of Roentgen rays or radium for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Are there any special trainings required?

N/A

Reference

Conn. Gen. Stats. ยง 376-20-66

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