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Can physical therapists diagnose and if so what?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith
Thank
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
They definitely are part of the treatment and diagnostic team
Dr. William Haehl
Family Medicine

In brief: Yes depends

In some states, physical therapist can see you for evaluation and treatment without a referral from a physician.
This would mainly be related to muscle skeletal issues.

In brief: Yes depends

In some states, physical therapist can see you for evaluation and treatment without a referral from a physician.
This would mainly be related to muscle skeletal issues.
Dr. William Haehl
Dr. William Haehl
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