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South Carolina PT Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in South Carolina?

"The practice of physical therapy" means the evaluation and treatment of human beings to detect, assess, prevent, correct, alleviate, and limit physical disability, bodily malfunction, and pain from injury, disease, and any other bodily or mental condition.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

Physical therapy includes:

    • The administration, interpretation, documentation, and evaluation of physical therapy tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures;
    • The establishment, administration, evaluation, and modification of a physical therapy treatment plan which includes the use of physical, chemical, or mechanical agents, activities, instruction, and devices for prevention and therapeutic purposes; and
    • The provision of consultation and educational and other advisory services for the purpose of preventing or reducing the incidence and severity of physical disability, bodily malfunction, and pain.

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

The use of roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and the use of electricity for surgical purposes, including cauterization and colonic irrigations, are not authorized under the term "physical therapy", and nothing shall be construed to authorize a physical therapist to prescribe medications or order laboratory or other medical tests.

Are there any special trainings or requirements?



S.C. Code Ann. ยง 40-45-20

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