Physical Therapist Practice in the Emergency Department

Physical therapists are increasingly being asked to provide evaluation and management of patients in the emergency department (ED) setting. As part of the emergency department team, physical therapists have the opportunity to collaborate in the care of patients with a wide range of acute and chronic problems coming from the neuromusculoskeletal, cardiovascular pulmonary and integumentary systems. The physical therapist in the ED serves a critical role in screening for appropriateness of care, consultation with other practitioners, and in the direct care of patients.

Incorporating Physical Therapist Practice in the ED

Considering providing physical therapist services in an Emergency Department? Review the Emergency Department Toolkit (.pdf) and the resources below to learn how to incorporate physical therapist practice in the ED.

Getting Started

Billing and Documentation

Resources on the Benefits of PT Services in the ED

Call to Action: Emergency Department Toolkit: Please provide constructive feedback, including ideas or suggestions for other toolkits or like resources that would be valuable to APTA members, the profession, and patients to



Related Resources

Guide to PT PracticeCSM 2016