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Kansas PT Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Kansas?

“Physical therapy” means examining, evaluating and testing individuals with mechanical, anatomical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations and disabilities or other health and movement-related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis solely for physical therapy, prognosis, plan of therapeutic intervention and to assess the ongoing effects of physical therapy intervention.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

Physical therapy also includes alleviating impairments, functional limitations and disabilities by designing, implementing and modifying therapeutic interventions that may include, but are not limited to:

    • Therapeutic exercise;
    • Functional training in community or work integration or reintegration;
    • Manual therapy;
    • Dry needling;
    • Therapeutic massage;
    • Prescription, application and, as appropriate, fabrication of assistive, adaptive, orthotic, prosthetic, protective and supportive devices and equipment;
    • Airway clearance techniques;
    • Integumentary protection and repair techniques;
    • Debridement and wound care;
    • Physical agents or modalities;
    • Mechanical and electrotherapeutic modalities;
    • Patient-related instruction;
    • Reducing the risk of injury, impairments, functional limitations and disability, including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health and quality of life in all age populations and engaging in administration, consultation, education and research.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

Physical therapy does not include the use of roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, the use of electricity for surgical purposes, including cauterization, the practice of any branch of the healing arts and the making of a medical diagnosis.

Are there any special trainings required?

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