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Virginia Physical Therapy Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Virginia?
"Practice of physical therapy" means that branch of the healing arts that is concerned with, upon medical referral and direction, the evaluation, testing, treatment, reeducation and rehabilitation by physical, mechanical or electronic measures and procedures of individuals who, because of trauma, disease or birth defect, present physical and emotional disorders.
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
The practice of physical therapy also includes the administration, interpretation, documentation, and evaluation of tests and measurements of bodily functions and structures within the scope of practice of the physical therapist.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
The practice of physical therapy does not include the medical diagnosis of disease or injury, the use of Roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes or the use of electricity for shock therapy and surgical purposes including cauterization.
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
See Virginia PT Dry Needling
Va. Code Ann. § 54.1-3473
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