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Washington PT Scope of Practice
How is physical therapy defined in Washington?
"Practice of physical therapy" is based on movement science and means:
What is included in the practice of physical therapy?
Alleviating impairments and functional limitations in movement by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic interventions that include:
Orthosis or Prosthesis
Training for, and the evaluation of, the function of a patient wearing an orthosis or prosthesis. PTs may provide those direct-formed and prefabricated upper limb, knee, and ankle-foot orthoses, but not fracture orthoses except those for hand, wrist, ankle, and foot fractures, and assistive technology devices as exemptions from the defined scope of licensed orthotic and prosthetic services.
Performing wound care services that are limited to sharp debridement, debridement with other agents, dry dressings, wet dressings, topical agents including enzymes, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and other similar treatments.
PTs may not delegate sharp debridement. A PT may perform wound care services only by referral from or after consultation with an authorized health care practitioner.
What is specifically excluded from the practice?
The use of Roentgen rays and radium for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, the use of electricity for surgical purposes, including cauterization, and the use of spinal manipulation, or manipulative mobilization of the spine and its immediate articulations, are not included under the term "physical therapy".
Are there any special trainings or requirements?
Washington PT Sharp Debridement
Washington PT Electroneuromyography Examinations
Washington PT Spinal Manipulation
Washington PT Topical Medications
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