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Illinois Physical Therapy Scope of Practice
How is the practice of Physical Therapy defined in Illinois?
"Physical therapy" means all of the following:
What does the practice of physical therapy include?
"Physical therapy" includes, but is not limited to:
What services are expressly prohibited?
"Physical therapy" does not include radiology, electrosurgery, chiropractic technique or determination of a differential diagnosis; provided, however, the limitation on determining a differential diagnosis shall not in any manner limit a licensed physical therapist from performing an evaluation and establishing a physical therapy treatment plan pursuant to such license.
Does state allow PTs to practice dry needling?
Yes. See Illinois PT Dry Needling for details.
Does state allow PTs to administer topical medications?
Yes. Administration of topical medication used in generally accepted physical therapy procedures when such medication is either prescribed by the patient's physician, licensed to practice medicine in all its branches, the patient's physician licensed to practice podiatric medicine, the patient's advanced practice registered nurse, the patient's physician assistant, or the patient's dentist or used following the physician's orders or written instructions.
Does state allow PTs to practice electromyography?
Does state allow PTs to practice wound care?
Wound debridement services may only be provided by a physical therapist with written authorization from a health care professional.
Can PTs practice through telehealth?
225 ILCS 90/1
225 ILCS 90/1.2