Upcoming Webinars 


The analysis of any legal or medical billing is dependent on numerous specific facts — including the factual situations present related to the patients, the practice, the professionals and the medical services and advice. Additionally, laws and regulations and insurance and payer policies are subject to change. The information that has been accurate previously can be particularly dependent on changes in time or circumstances. The information contained in this web site is intended as general information only. It is not intended to serve as medical, health, legal or financial advice or as a substitute for professional advice of a medical coding professional, healthcare consultant, physician or medical professional, legal counsel, accountant or financial advisor. If you have a question about a specific matter, you should contact a professional advisor directly. CPT copyright American Medical Association. All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.

Log in

Log in

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?


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


Wis. Stat. ยง 448.50

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software