North.WestWait I know that the contest is over but why would someone who isn't as qualified as a doctor have the ability to do what a doctor does? Cause i think that is what you are saying isn't it?
Also don't respond with PT's have to go to school for it too, cause it isn't as intensive as Med School.
Hey guy, thank you for the question. Im assuming that by asking this, you either a) are doing it just to get a rise out of me or b) didnt read the other posts, but I'll happily answer anyway :D.
First off, unless you have been through both Med School and earned your DPT, I would kindly ask you to stop comparing the intensity of each program. Programs vary (even within discipline!) and everyone has their individual strengths and weaknesses! Are you familiar with the prerequisites and core curriculum of each program? As well as the clinical requirements of a DPT compared to just "Med School"? I think you will be pleasantly surprised to see the similarities (as well as some extra clinical time by SPTs!) when compared to a "Med School". If you wish to compare a DPT to an ortho specialist - they are completely separate degrees (a similar comparison would be OCS to ortho :D)
Now, by your logic, why would a dentist (a Doctor of Dentistry) be able to examine an diagnose a patient with (insert dental disorder here) when a doctor has dental training as well? How about a Chiropractor (Doctor of Chiropractic) diagnosing an alignment issue, when a doctor has some training in musculoskeletal aliments? Doctors of Physical Therapy are extensively trained to be able to examine, diagnose, and treat movement disorders that apply to almost every body system (MS, NM, INT, CV) - even when "doctors" have some of the same training. In fact, because the scope of a general practitioner (or "doctor" :)) is so large, a DPT commonly has more extensive training in many of the MS disorders commonly seen by both professions. There are many aliments that require specialist examination (see post above), but plenty that do not need additional referral. Those additional referrals create unnecessary waste of man hours and money!