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Delaware Physical Therapy Definitions 

The Delaware physical therapy legal and regulatory definitions. 

“Board” - The Delaware State Examining Board of Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.

“Division” - The Delaware Division of Professional Regulation.

“Dry Needling” - An intervention that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin and stimulate underlying muscular tissue, connective tissues and myofascial trigger points for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments; is based upon Western medical concepts; and requires a physical therapy examination and diagnosis.

“First Aid” - Emergency care and treatment of an injured person before definitive medical and surgical management can be secured. Such care may include the emergency administration of medications including asthma medications, anaphylaxis medications, and glucagon. Such administration may require advanced training as determined by the Board’s rules and regulations, to assure the licensee meets accepted standards of care.

“Physical Therapist” - A person who is licensed to practice physical therapy in Delaware.

“Physical Therapy Assistant” - A person who assists licensed physical therapists subject to this chapter and rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto.

“Practice of Physical Therapy” - Examining, evaluating, and testing patients/clients who have impairments of body structure or function, activity limitations or participation restrictions in physical movement and mobility, or other health and movement related conditions in order to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment intervention, and to assess the ongoing effects of intervention.

“State” - The State of Delaware.

“Substantially Related” - The nature of the criminal conduct, for which the person was convicted, has a direct bearing on the fitness or ability to perform one or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the practice of physical therapy or athletic training.

“Telehealth” - The use of electronic communications to provide and deliver a host of health-related information and health-care services, including physical therapy and athletic training-related information and services, over large and small distances. Telehealth encompasses a variety of health care and health promotion activities, including education, advice, reminders, interventions, and monitoring of intervention.

“Trigger Points” - Hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. They can give rise to local or referred pain, autonomic phenomenon, and can cause limitations in range of motion and muscle activation.

“Visiting Physical Therapist or Athletic Trainer” - A physical therapist or athletic trainer who is licensed in another jurisdiction of the United States or credentialed to practice physical therapy or athletic training in another country and that person is teaching, demonstrating, or providing physical therapy or athletic training services in connection with teaching or participating in an educational seminar of no more than 60 days in a calendar year and abides by Delaware laws, rules, and regulations relating to physical therapy and athletic training.


Del. Code. tit. 24 §2602

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