Louisiana Physical Therapy Board

Consumer Information

The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board was created within the Department of Health and Hospitals and is legislatively mandated to license and regulate the physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who wish to work in Louisiana. The Board is mandated to interpret the scope of practice for physical therapy, write regulations, and discipline licensees who have violated the law.

 

The most important function of the Board is to protect the
health, safety, and welfare of Louisiana citizens.

 

Helpful Resources for Prospective Patients


Did you know you no longer need a referral to begin physical therapy treatment?  On June 6, 2016 Senate Bill No. 291, amending the Louisiana Physical Therapy Practice Act found at La. R.S. 37:2418 et seq., became law allowing patients direct access to physical therapy. This law is effective as of June 6, 2016.
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In response to numerous inquiries from licensees, the Board replies to the question, “Can physical therapists make a diagnosis?”
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Your own feelings are the best gauge of whether a therapist may be inappropriately crossing some boundaries.  If you feel uncomfortable while receiving physical therapy treatment, you should think about if the therapist is displaying any of behaviors that have been found frequently in therapists who inappropriately cross boundaries with patients.
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Some Physical Therapy treatments are not useful and may make your symptoms last longer.  As part of the Choosing Wisely series, the American Physical Therapy Association has listed five common treatments that are usually not helpful. They can lead to harm and to more tests and treatments. And your costs go up.
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The American Physical Therapy Association has created a comprehensive list of symptoms and conditions that can be treated with physical therapy.
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The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain suggests that physical therapy is a safe non-opioid alternative for pain treatment.
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The American Physical Therapy Association launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the safe alternative of physical therapy. 
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A new report says nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion.
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The 2016 Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution 113, authorized by Representative H. Bernard LeBas, established the Commission on Preventing Opioid Abuse.  Among other initiatives, the taskforce is evaluating and recommending reasonable alternatives of medical treatment to mitigate the overutilization of opioid medications, including integrated mental and physical therapy health services. 
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