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Ohio PT Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Ohio?
Physical therapy means the evaluation and treatment of a person by physical measures and the use of therapeutic exercises and rehabilitative procedures, with or without assistive devices, for the purpose of preventing, correcting, or alleviating physical impairments, functional limitations, and physical disabilities.
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
Physical therapy includes the establishment and modification of physical therapy programs, treatment planning, patient education and instruction, and consultative services.
Physical therapy includes determining a physical therapy diagnosis in order to treat the person's physical impairments, functional limitations, and physical disabilities; determining a prognosis; and determining a plan of therapeutic intervention.
If performed by a person who is adequately trained, physical therapy includes the design, fabrication, and revision of various assistive devices, and the provision of education and instruction in the use of those devices, including braces, splints, ambulatory or locomotion devices, wheelchairs, prosthetics, and orthotics.
Physical therapy also includes the administration of topical drugs that have been prescribed by a licensed health professional authorized to prescribe drugs, as defined in section 4729.01 of the Revised Code.
What is included in a physical therapy diagnosis?
A judgment that is made after examining the neuromusculoskeletal system or evaluating or studying its symptoms and that utilizes the techniques and science of physical therapy to establish a plan of therapeutic intervention. A physical therapy diagnosis does not include a medical diagnosis.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
"Physical therapy" does not include either of the following:
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
Ohio Code § 4755.30
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