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Georgia PT Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Georgia?
Examining, evaluating, and testing patients and clients with mechanical, physiological, and developmental impairments, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and disabilities or other movement related conditions in order to determine a physical therapy diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of intervention and to assess the ongoing effects of intervention.
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
Alleviating impairments of body structure or function by designing, implementing, and modifying interventions to improve activity limitations or participation restrictions for the purpose of preventing or reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction, and pain;
Reducing the risk of injury, impairment, activity limitations, participation restrictions, and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of health, fitness, and wellness in populations of all ages;
Planning, administering, evaluating, and modifying intervention and instruction, including the use of physical measures, activities, and devices, including but not limited to dry needling for preventative and therapeutic purposes; and
Engaging in administration, consultation, education, teaching, research, telehealth, and the provision of instructional, consultative, educational, and other advisory services.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
Unprofessional Conduct: Ordered radiology, performed surgery, ordered laboratory or body fluid testing, diagnosed disease, or practiced medicine.
Are there any special trainings required?
Policy #12 – POSITION ON MEDICATIONS
The Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy adopts the APTA position of Medications in the Provision of Physical Therapy which states:
The scope of practice of physical therapy often requires the use of medications in the course of patient/client management, such as in the administration of phonopheresis, iontophoresis, nebulized bronchodilators, and in integumentary repair and protection. The application and storage of medications used in physical therapy is within the scope of physical therapy practice.
Georgia State Board of Physical Therapy Board Policies