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Idaho Physical Therapy Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Idaho?

Examining, evaluating and testing individuals with mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disability or other health and movement-related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis for physical therapy and prognosis for physical therapy, plan of therapeutic intervention, and to assess the ongoing effects of intervention to reduce the risk of injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in all age populations.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

Alleviating impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions that include, but are not limited to:

    • Therapeutic exercise;
    • Functional mobility training in self-care and in-home, community or work reintegration;
    • Manual therapy;
    • Assistive, adaptive, protective and supportive devices and equipment;
    • Bronchopulmonary hygiene;
    • Debridement and wound care;
    • Physical agents or modalities;
    • Mechanical and electrotherapeutic modalities; and
    • Patient-related instruction.

Engaging in administration, consultation, testing, education and research as related to the above.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

The practice of physical therapy shall not include the use of radiology, surgery or medical diagnosis of disease.

Are there any special trainings required?

Idaho PT Dry Needling


Idaho Code Ann. § 54-2203

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