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Rhode Island PT Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Rhode Island?

"Practice of physical therapy" means:

    • Examination, evaluation, treatment, and instruction of patients/clients to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, physical dysfunction, and pain from injury, disease, and any other bodily conditions;
    • Administration, interpretation, and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures;
    • The planning, administration, evaluation, and modification of treatment and instruction, including the use of physical measures, activities, and devices, for preventive and therapeutic purposes; and
    • The provision of consultative, educational, and other advisory services for the purpose of reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, physical dysfunction, and pain.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

The practice of physical therapy does not include the practice of medicine.

Are there any special trainings or requirements?

N/A

Reference

5 R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-40-1

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