Orthopaedic Section (OrthoPT)

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

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current Practice Issues

The Orthopaedic Section continually monitors scope of practice issues relevant to orthopaedic physical therapy. The following resources and references are available through the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling continues to be a scope of practice issue many physical therapists and components are being challenged to defend. Check out the up to date information and useful resources related to dry needling in physical therapist practice, developed by the APTA: Dry Needling.

Direct Access

Although all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands allow some level of direct access to physical therapy services, many state and local restrictions impact patients’ ability to access physical therapy services. APTA resources for providers and consumers: Direct Access.

Mobilization/Manipulation

The Orthopaedic Section along with the APTA has developed valuable information and resource materials related to manipulation in physical therapy practice. Who is qualified to perform spinal manipulation? What are the risks for physical therapists performing manipulation techniques? What are best practices for teaching manipulation in physical therapy education programs? For these answers and more, consult the APTA website: Manipulation/Mobilization .

Practice Issues by State

Want to keep up with what is going in your state? Check out the State Legislative Issue Tracking Tool on the APTA website.

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