Physical therapist aide means a person who is trained by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant to perform designated and supervised routine tasks related to physical therapy and who works under the direct on-site supervision of a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.
Physical therapist assistant means a person who assists a physical therapist in the administration of selected components of physical therapy intervention. A physical therapist assistant works under the supervision and direction of the physical therapist.
Physical therapy means the care and services provided by a physical therapist or by a physical therapist assistant under the supervision and direction of a physical therapist.
Practice of physical therapy means:
Examining, evaluating and testing for mechanical, physiological and developmental impairments, functional limitations and disabilities or other neuromusculoskeletal conditions in order to determine a physical therapy diagnosis or prognosis or a plan of physical therapy intervention and to assess the ongoing effects of physical therapy intervention.
Alleviating impairments and functional limitations by designing, implementing, administering and modifying physical therapy interventions.
Reducing the risk of injury, impairment, functional limitation and disability by physical therapy interventions that may include as a component the promotion and maintenance of health, fitness and quality of life in all age populations.
Consulting or providing educational services to a patient for the purposes of paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) of this subsection. [1959 c.461 §1; 1965 c.314 §1; 1969 c.339 §1; 1971 c.585 §1; 1975 c.111 §1; 1987 c.726 §5; 2005 c.627 §3; 2019 c.43 §13]