Evidence from a Physical Therapist

An ALJ must consider the opinion of a physical therapist.  Williams v. Astrue, Case No. 5:10-cv-212 (D.Vt. Sept. 19, 2011), 2011 U.S. Dist. Lexis 106105.  Per 20 CFR 404.1513(d)(1) and SSR 06-3p, even though the opinion of a physical therapist is not an “acceptable medical source,” the opinion is “relevant as to the severity of impairments that are established by other medical evidence.”    In other words, the impairment must be established by a proper medical source, but the severity of the impairment may be established through non-acceptable medical sources.   See also 20 CFR 404.1527(d).

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