Updated: Aug 20, 2020
But really, can it?
The short answer...
I’m often approached with this question and clients explain that they sometimes struggle to get a definitive ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ from their provider of choice (MDs, chiropractors, massage therapists. The response they tend to receive is described as a shoulder shrugging “I guess you can go to Physical Therapy if you want to”.
This is sometimes awkward for the patient/client as their question isn't answered and the decision making is thrown back to them. As healthcare providers, people come to us for advice regarding all things healthcare. If questions are within your scope of practice, answer them! If they're out of your scope and/or area of expertise or you're simply uncomfortable answering some questions, refer to a provider that can help!
Often other healthcare provders are under the impression that Physical Therapy consists of: