IBOL COMPLAINT MEMORANDUM

 

 

            DATE:            July 16, 2010

 

            TO:                  Physical Therapy Licensure Board

 

            SUBJECT:      Investigative Report

 

 

Fiscal Year 2010

            Total Complaints received                                                                                                 8

                        (Including 2 CE audit files.)

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              1

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        1

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  2

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                  4

 

Fiscal Year 2009

            Total Complaints received                                                                                                 5

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              1

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        2

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

                        Remaining under investigation                                                                  1

 

Fiscal Year 2007

            Total Complaints received                                                                                               11

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              6

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        4

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

 

Fiscal Year 2006

            Total Complaints received                                                                                                 7

            Status:

                        Closed by Board action                                                                              3

                        Closed following disciplinary action                                                        3

                        Pending Office of the Attorney General                                                  1

 

For Board Determination:

 

I-PHT-2010-7  C alleged that R, a massage therapist, maintained a website that inappropriately implied that R practiced PT.  In response to a letter from IBOL, R revised the website and expressed a desire to ensure that the website does not imply that he performs PT.  R informed IBOL that he does not diagnose and individuals are referred to him by licensed professionals.  R stated that as a massage therapist he must be able to assess a patient and the situation to make sure that the patient is within his ability to care for the patient.  R stated that any assessment is simply R “recognizing the patient’s complaints and making the decision to work on them myself or refer to a more qualified professional and by no means is a diagnosis.”  R stated that he maintains a referral network that includes physical therapists so that he can refer for proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment when needed.  In addition, R added to his website:  “NOTE:  Massage therapy is not a substitute for proper medical assessment and diagnosis.”  Based upon R’s response, IBOL recommends that the Board authorize closure.