Did you know that chiropractors can advertise they perform physical therapy in the state of Maryland? It can be very misleading so we will explain more below.
A Chiropractor can obtain what is called physical therapy privilege. They are allowed to advertise they perform physical therapy but not that they are a physical therapist. Therefore, you might see a place that is called Amazing Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care. Don’t be fooled, you always want to ask what type of practitioners are on staff as it might just be Chiropractors. For a Chiropractor to get “physical therapy privilege”, they must get a minimum of 270 hours of physical therapy education from a chiropractic school.
A Physical Therapist goes to physical therapy school for 3 years and receives a doctorate degree in physical therapy. Then, they go on to pass a board examine in physical therapy to be licensed in the state. If you are looking for physical therapy services, make sure you do some research to determine what type of professionals you will be working with.