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Wisconsin Physical Therapy Scope of Practice

How is physical therapy defined in Wisconsin?

 “Physical therapy" means any of the following:

    • Examining, evaluating, or testing individuals with mechanical, physiological, or developmental impairments, functional limitations related to physical movement and mobility, disabilities, or other movement-related health conditions, in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis, or plan of therapeutic intervention or to assess the ongoing effects of intervention. In this subdivision, “testing" means using standardized methods or techniques for gathering data about a patient.
    • Alleviating impairments or functional limitations by instructing patients or designing, implementing, or modifying therapeutic interventions.
    • Reducing the risk of injury, impairment, functional limitation, or disability, including by promoting or maintaining fitness, health, or quality of life in all age populations.
    • Engaging in administration, consultation, or research that is related to any activity specified above.

What is included in the practice of physical therapy?

N/A

What is specifically excluded from the practice?

Physical therapy" does not include any of the following:

    • Using roentgen rays or radium for any purpose, except that “physical therapy" includes ordering X-rays to be performed by qualified persons and using X-ray results to determine a course of care or to determine whether a referral to another health care provider is necessary.
    • Using electricity for surgical purposes, including cauterization.
    • Prescribing drugs or devices.

Are there any specific procedures or modalities regulated by the board?

Ordering X-Rays

Reference

Wis. Stat. ยง 448.50



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