Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Physical Therapy
Regulations Governing the Practice of Physical Therapy [18 VAC 112 ‑ 20]
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5/14/23  11:46 am
Commenter: Panteha Nazari

Scope of Practice for Pelvic PTs.

I am in support of the board listing pelvic floor therapy as non-invasive, as it always has been per the Assistant AG's testified statement amd as was pointed out by the judge in the Henrico County Court system. 

As a licensed physical therapist who has been practicing, in good standing, since 1994 in the state of Virginia, I can confidently state the the art of pelvic rehabilitation is such that requires many hours of hands on and didactic training.   

I have been providing pelvic rehab to women and men since early 2010 in Northern Virginia and have been teaching in the field since 2017. 

All the therapists, who have the proper training, as taught to assess the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor musculoskeletal and neurological systems through an internal assessment when necessary. 

This examination provides valuable information which will decide the course of treatment and  interventions. Internal assessment and treatment of the pelvic floor is NEVER forced and only provided with patient's consent.   Otherwise, the physical and occupational therapist who is providing care would assess externally, with limitations. 

Please focus on understanding the required training and if you are enthusiastic about doing something useful, put your efforts on making requirements for proper amount of training on each specialty vs. making un-educated assumptions and decisions. 




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