Differential Diagnosis in PT, Part 01: PT Diagnosis and Screening (P)


The state of today’s health care environment makes it critical for physical therapists to be well-versed in determining when referral to a physician is necessary. Physical therapists must also be able to identify signs and symptoms of systemic disease that can mimic neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction.

Screening for systemic disease is now part of the physical therapy evaluation leading to a physical therapy diagnosis. Evidence-based clinical decision making consistent with the patient/client management model will be the foundation upon which differential diagnoses are made.  

Although PT Diagnosis and Screening is written as a stand-alone course, it lays the foundation needed to participate in the rest of the Differential Diagnosis series of 10 courses. We strongly advise you to take these courses in the order presented, but it is not required.

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