1986 Texas Attorney General Reports and Opinions 1919 (1986)

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January 15, 1986

Attorney General

Supreme Court Building
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Austin, TX. 78711- 2548
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San Antonio, TX. 78205-2797
An Equal Opportunityl
Affirmative Action Employer

Honorable James S. McGrath
Criminal District Attorney
P. 0. Box 2553
Beaumont, Texas   77704

Opinion No. JM-421
Re: Whether a public agency may
offer physical therapy services
without employing a licensed
therapist if such services are
offered by or under the super-
vision of a licensed physician

Dear Mr. McGrath:
You have asked the following question:
To what extent can a public agency offer
physical therapy services without employing a
licensed therapist, so long as such services are
offered through a licensed physician, through
direct treatment or by direction to his nursing
support staff to give such treatments?
The physical therapy licensing act contains the following
definition of physical therapy:
'Physical therapy' means the examination, treat-
ment, or instruction of human beings to detect,
assess, prevent, correct, and alleviate physical
disability and pain from injury, disease, dis-
orders, or physical deformities and includes the
administration   and  evaluation   of   tests   and
measurements of bodily functions and structures in
aid of diagnosis or treatment; the planning,
administration, evaluation, and modification of
treatment and instruction, including the use of
physical measures, activities, and devices for
preventive and therapeutic purposes on the basis
of approved test findings and the provision of
consultative, educational, and advisory services
for the purpose of reducing the incidence and
severity   of   physical   disability   and  pain.
Physical therapy shall also include the delegation
of selective forms of treatment to supportive
personnel with assumption of the responsibilities

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