Physical Therapists provide prevention and wellness services, including screening and health promotion, and are involved in wellness initiatives that stimulate the public to engage in healthy behaviors. Physical therapists can provide these services to the asymptomatic public without a doctor's prescription.

Physical Therapists provide services to patients/clients who have impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, or changes in physical function and health status resulting form injury, disease, or other causes. According to Texas state law, physical therapists can see symptomatic patients for an initial evaluation only without a doctor's prescription. After that, any follow up treatments must be prescribed by an MD, DO, DDS, DPM (podiatrist), DC (chiropractor), or PA (physician's assistant).

American Physical Therapy Association

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