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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. Lynne Weixel
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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


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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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Where can I find a list of doctors/physical therapists that do functional rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon Ruptures?

Where can I find a list of doctors/physical therapists that do functional rehabilitation for Achilles Tendon Ruptures?

Online: You may do a quick google search for Orthopedic or Urgent Care centers online for a provider near you who may help. Otherwise, call your insurance provider or visit their website online for a list of covered providers. ...Read more

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What do physical therapists do for patients who are experiencing drops of blood pressure in upright position after prolonged bed rest?

What do physical therapists do for patients who are experiencing drops of blood pressure in upright position after prolonged bed rest?

Exercise: You need to develop your muscle tone again. This will be done variety of ways. You may temporarily need support hose, but your leg muscle is your pump for the blood vessels like your heart is a pump and the muscle tone needs to be brought back ...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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What treatments do physical therapists give for foot fractures?

What treatments do physical therapists give for foot fractures?

Several: Typically a fracture requires no stress along the area until healing is complete. Physical therapy will be limited to what they can do because of this. They would have to treat it with static form a therapy in which they do not manipulate the area physically. If they do then the area would never heal. Some you laser therapy/ultrasound to encourgae bone healing or tens unit to control edema/pain. ...Read more

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Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Can physical therapists tell if a torn ligament in the ankle is heeled without an mri? 2 months after pt, therapist says its heeled but it still hurts

Let try to help: Clinical exam, swelling and pain, the ligament could healed in two month especially with grade I and II. Having some pain means to me still residual injury should accessed by what ever means your Doctor recommend. ...Read more

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I've had front & backrib pain for 5 mo now, cat san ultrasound xrays blood test urine test, I've been 2/2 chiropractors, two physical therapists now?

I've had front & backrib pain for 5 mo now, cat san ultrasound xrays blood test urine test, I've been 2/2 chiropractors, two physical therapists now?

Root irratation: This is most likely from your back at the level of the rib inseration of the corresponding vertebrae. The MRI most look at this level. Other possibility is a noncompressive cause eg infection. See your doctor for follow up. ...Read more

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I have had pressure in the back of the eye that radiates to. The back of the neck for almost two years. Have seen many doctors physical therapists, neurologist all to no avail.?

I have had pressure in the back of the eye that radiates to. The back of the neck for almost two years. Have seen many doctors physical therapists, neurologist all to no avail.?

Eye: Sometimes it can be due to a trigeminal neuralgia often dental that goes to the eye and the temple. You need to do two things-be sure you've had an MRI of the neck and brain and see your dentist. ...Read more

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The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

The physical therapist said that the dowager’s hump was almost like a spinal infusion. What did she mean?

Vertebral fracture: Dowager humps is usually cused by a wedge fracture due to osteoporosis in older women producind the back hump known in medicine by the term kyphosis.It can involve one or several vertebraes. ...Read more

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What's a registered physical therapist?

Licensed to: Usually someone who has been licensed by their state in that profession to practice in their field which in this case entails the musculoskeletal one in terms of rehabilitation after an injury or surgery or guidance in proper exercise and technique for specific conditions or general musculoskeletal health usually guided by a physician. ...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


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

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more