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Hawaii Physical Therapy Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Hawaii?
"Physical therapy" or "physical therapy services" means the examination, treatment, and instruction of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction, pain from injury, disease, and any other physical or mental condition as performed by a physical therapist appropriately licensed under this chapter. It includes but is not limited to:
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
The practice of physical therapy includes, but is not limited to, the use of the following:
Physical Therapy Examination
"Physical therapy examination" means the process of obtaining a history, a systems review, and selecting and administering tests and measures to gather data about the patient. The initial physical therapy examination is a comprehensive screening and specific testing process. Tests and measurements may include, but are not limited to:
Physical Therapy Treatment or Intervention
"Treatment" or “intervention” means purposeful and skilled interaction between the physical therapist, PTA, temporary physical therapist licensee or student and the patient in the care of the patient using various physical therapy methods and techniques to produce changes in the patient's condition that are consistent with the diagnosis and treatment. A physical therapy treatment or intervention may consist of the following components:
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
A physical therapist shall not use invasive procedures. For purposes of this section, an invasive procedure is the breaking or puncturing of a person's good skin integrity, for example, through surgery or injections.
Are there any special trainings required?