Take Action: Update the Physical Therapy Practice Act

Florida's law which defines and governs the practice of physical therapy hasn't changed in more than 30 years. 

If not updated to be consistent with today's medical training and technology, the law now threatens Florida PTs' and PTA's ability to continue providing critical care as experts in the human movement system.

Fortunately, legislation (HB 467 / SB 792) has been introduced to update the statue this year.

Why?

 

The current statute is markedly inconsistent with the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Model Practice Act, which covers physical therapists' ability to provide critical and even life-saving techniques in a variety of health care settings, from hospital ICUs to nursing homes to sports fields.

 

Also, the current statute is restricting PTs from practicing dry needling -- an important pain relief technique allowed across 34 other states, used by the U.S. military, and recognized by both the American Medical Association and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.

 

Please use your voice to make sure Floridians and people visiting our state have access to modern, effective physical therapy. Take a few minutes to ask your state legislators to support HB 467 / SB 792.

 

You can also text "PT" to 52886 to take action from your phone!

PT for Pain is a project of the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA), dedicated to improving the health, wellness and quality of life of people in Florida by advancing the practice of physical therapy. The FPTA educates Floridians, health care providers, and public policy decision-makers about the key role physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in restoring and improving motion, as well as in improving the health of society.

 

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