Licensure Board

Gait Training: OT or PT? That should not be a question.

Occupational therapy’s scope of practice encompasses a broad range of clinical interventions for diverse patient populations throughout the healthcare continuum. Gait analysis and gait training, however, are NOT in the profession’s repertoire of evidence-based evaluative tools and treatment modes. These areas fall within the purview of physical therapists. External reviewers, RACs, MACs and others are consistently denying gait training services when provided by Occupational Therapy. Unfortunately, in many cases there is a clear duplication of service between the two disciplines. Occupational therapists have an inherent role in evaluation and treatment pertaining to the clinical subcomponents and sub-skills directly related to gait training including, but not limited to:

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