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A physical therapist is an individual who has been graduated from a school of physical therapy and holds a license to practice physical therapy granted by the affiliated credentialing board.

Physical therapy means 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. It also includes alleviating impairments or functional limitations by instructing patients or designing, implementing, or modifying therapeutic interventions, reducing the risk of injury, impairment, funtional limitation, or disability, including by promoting or maintaining fitness. health, or quality of life in all age populations. Physical therapy also means engaging in administration, consultation, or research that is related to any activity specified in s.448.50(4)(a)1 to 3, Wis.Stats.

Except as provided in s. 448.52, Wis. Stats., no person may practice physical therapy or designate himself or herself as a physical therapist or use or assume the title "physical therapist" or "physiotherapist" or "physical therapy technician" or append to the person's name the letters "P.T.", "P.T.T." or "R.P.T." or any other title, letters or designation which represents or may tend to represent the person as a physical therapist unless the person is licensed under subchapter III of Chapter 448, Wis. Stats.

Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Physical Therapy Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax


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