Physical Therapy as a profession continues to push towards direct access, which allows patients to come to us first in hopes that we can diagnose and either treat them or refer them to the correct medical professional. However, are we able to fully understand the injury and the best path of treatment without seeing an x-ray or MRI? Should we as PTs have privileges to write scripts for MRIs and x-rays?
If PTs are given radiology privileges, are we educated enough to correctly interpret the results? Would DPT programs have to add more classes on radiology?
I can see the pros and cons of both sides so let’s talk about on Wednesday at 9pm EST!