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Indiana Physical Therapy Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Indiana?
Examining, evaluating, and conduct testing on patients with mechanical, physiological, or developmental impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities or other health and movement related conditions in order to determine a physical therapy diagnosis.
Reducing the risk of injury, impairment, functional limitation, and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and wellness in populations of all ages.
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
Alleviating impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities by designing, implementing, and modifying treatment interventions that may include:
Using solid filiform needles to treat neuromusculoskeletal pain and dysfunction (dry needling), after completing board approved continuing education and complying with applicable board rules. However, a physical therapist may not engage in the practice of acupuncture (as defined in IC 25-2.5-1-5) unless the physical therapist is licensed under IC 25-2.5.
Engaging in administration, consultation, education, and research.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
A physical therapist or certified as a physical therapist assistant is not authorized to:
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
A physical therapist who conducts testing using electrophysiologic or electrodiagnostic testing must obtain and maintain the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties Clinical Electrophysiologic Specialist Certification.
A physical therapist may not perform sharp debridement unless the physical therapist is acting on the order or referral of a:
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