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Connecticut Physical Therapy Definitions 

The Connecticut physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Assist in the Practice of Physical Therapy” - The treatment of any person by the employment of the effective properties of physical measures 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, but does not include the interpretation of referrals, initial or discharge evaluation or assessment, or determination or modification of treatment or discharge plans.

“Physical Therapist” - A person licensed to practice physical therapy in this state;

“Physical Therapy” - 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.

“Physical Therapist Assistant” - A person licensed to assist in the practice of physical therapy in this state under the supervision of a physical therapist.

“Supervision” - The overseeing of or the participation in the work of a physical therapist assistant by a licensed physical therapist, including, but not limited to:

    • Continuous availability of direct communication between the physical therapist assistant and a licensed physical therapist;
    • Availability of a licensed physical therapist on a regularly scheduled basis to:
      • review the practice of the physical therapist assistant, and
      • support the physical therapist assistant in the performance of the physical therapist assistant's services; and
    • A predetermined plan for emergency situations, including the designation of an alternate licensed physical therapist in the absence of the regular licensed physical therapist.

“Wellness Care” - Services related to conditioning, strength training, fitness, workplace ergonomics or injury prevention.

Reference

Conn. Gen. Stat. ยง 376-20-66

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