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Can physical therapists diagnose and if so what?

Can physical therapists diagnose and if so what?

Who Can't?: Most certainly physical therapists can and do make or at least verify diagnosis daily. I have relied on the expertise of physical therapists to confirm or add to my initial diagnosis on hundreds of patients. If you are asking if they can legally initiate an opinion as a diagnosis, That would better be answered by the states licensing act for physical therapists. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus for most days three months out of the year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. COPD is commonly associated with smoking. ...Read more


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Can physical therapists perform surgery?

Can physical therapists perform surgery?

No: No, physical therapy cannot, and should not, perform surgery. Surgery is way beyond the scope of their practice. ...Read more

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Do osteopaths and physical therapists work together?

Do osteopaths and physical therapists work together?

Wisely yes: Once an osteopathic physician makes a diagnosis the treatment plan often calls for physical therapy treatments. ...Read more

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Why do my physical therapists always tell me I have to practice at home?

Why do my physical therapists always tell me I have to practice at home?

Monitors of progress: Therapists can be a critical resource for teaching good rehabilitation skills and habits, but they only see patients several times per week. You are always your own best therapist once a basic understanding is obtained. The therapist really monitors your progress recovering from your injury. ...Read more

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What to do if physical therapists can you please answer these questions?

Please clarify: Please, clarify what condition you are dealing with and perhaps someone can give you some helpful information. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Is there any danger of having traction on neck(by machine) at physical therapists office?

Is there any danger of having traction on neck(by machine) at physical therapists office?

NOT: when applied by a LPT (Licensed Physical Therapist) It is a part of their training and they are qualified to use this as a part of a Physician precribed program! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Physical therapists: had surgery month ago, left me with left outer thigh burning pain, tingling&numbness.

Physical therapists: had surgery month ago, left me with left outer thigh burning pain, tingling&numbness.

Meralgia Paresthetic: I am a physical medicine & rehabilitation doctor. This could very well be meralgia paresthetica, which is irritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the lateral thigh. A local nerve block with an anesthetic could help greatly. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Epstein
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Physical Therapists (Definition)

Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who diagnose and treat individuals with heath-related problems and injuries that limit their abilities to move and perform daily functional activities. Physical therapists create plans with techniques that help individuals restore their ability to move, reduce ...Read more