Yes and no. Physical therapists make a functional diagnosis, while medical doctors make a medical diagnosis. The main difference between the two is that a medical diagnosis focuses on the specific anatomical structures that are involved with the injury, while a functional diagnosis focuses on the consequences of the injury in terms of pain and limitations on mobility.

In practice, physical therapists are able to diagnose sports injuries with a high degree of confidence, and may refer patients for MRIs or other imaging for confirmation. The only significant difference to you as a patient is that some insurance companies require a medical diagnosis along with a functional diagnosis to cover treatment.

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