"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Resource list for Physical Therapy Diagnosis

1) Cyriax’s Illustrated Manual of Orthopedic Medicine, 2nd edition. Butterworth Heinmann, London. 1993.

2) Medicare Benefit Policy Manual. Pub 100-02, Transmittal 63. 29 Dec. 2006.

3) Local Coverage Determination for Rehabilitation Therapy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and Connecticut. 2007.

4) Guide to Physical Therapy Practice, 2nd Edition, Phys Ther. Vol. 81, No1. Jan 2001.

5) Commission for the Accreditation of Physical Therapist Education (CAPTE). Accreditation Handbook, April 2004.

6) Sandstrom RW. The Meanings of Autonomy in Physical Therapy. Phys Ther 2007; 87: 98-110.

7) Amato A. Value Purchasing in Outpatient Physical Therapy. IMPACT. Volume 3. Issue 10; 8-12.

8) Carter S. Outpatient Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions. Phys Ther. 2007; 87(5): 498- ?

9) Coffin-Zadai CA. Disabling Our Diagnostic Dilemnas. JOSPT. 2007; 87(6): 641-653.

10) Newman D, Allison SL. Risk and Physical Therapy. JOSPT. 2007; 37(6): 287-289.

11) Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Compliance Program for Individual and Small Group Physician Practices. Federal Register, Vol. 65, No. 194. 2000.

12) Defensible Documentation for Patient/Client Management. American Physical Therapy Association. Web Accessed 12/11/2006.

13) Norton BJ. Diagnosis Dialogue: A Progress Report. Phys Ther 87(10): 1270-1273. October 2007.

14) ? Phys Ther Vol. 87 (1). Jan 2007. pp. 9-23. (reference nerve root impairments)

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