Tennessee

The Physical Therapy Practice Act of the State of Tennessee specifies that:

(ii) Notwithstanding the provisions of subpart (i), diagnostic electromyography must be performed by a licensed physical therapist who has complied with the requirements of paragraph 1150-01-.04 (4) and;

(iii) Notwithstanding the provisions of subpart (i), diagnostic and invasive electromyography may only be performed when there is a referral for such service from: (I) an allopathic physician licensed under T.C.A. §§ 63-6; or (II) an osteopathic physician licensed under T.C.A. §§ 63-9; or (III) a doctor of dentistry licensed under T.C.A. §§ 63-5; or (IV) a doctor of podiatry licensed under T.C.A. §§ 63-3; and

A licensed physical therapist may provide physical assessments or instructions including recommendation of exercise to an asymptomatic person without the referral of a referring practitioner.

EMG/NCS Testing uses electricity and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound uses sound waves for the evaluation (testing and measurement) of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

APTA fully supports PTs practicing EMG/NCS Testing as it is within the scope of Physical Therapy Practice. The Orthopedic Section of the APTA in a white paper not only advocates the use of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging within the scope of practice for Physical Therapy but also endorses its application both for diagnostic as well as procedural purposes to aid neuromuscular re-education, dry needling and electroneuromyography.

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