Direct Access allows you to go directly to a physical therapist without the need for a physician prescription or referral. Now, forty-eight states, and the District of Columbia have made a ruling enabling patients "direct access" to physical therapy services and programs.
In other words, the government made it acceptable for individuals to go straight to a clinic of their choice and receive the resources and treatment they require. No referral, or prescription necessary.
A major advantage to direct access is that patients see a decrease in their out-of-pocket costs by skipping a visit to their general practitioner for a referral. It also means that treatment can get underway faster. Direct access empowers you to take back control of your health by allowing you to choose an approach that will best suit your needs. The laws also enhance the relationship between you and your physical therapist by permitting the therapist to establish a plan of care and treatment as a team.
Don't forget that Ivy Rehab offers complimentary injury screenings. If you're hurt or in pain, don't wait a moment longer to schedule your visit. Whether it's a sprain, twist, fracture, or just general pain, we're here to help. Rather than doing research online and attempting to self-diagnose, come in and speak with a licensed physical therapist who can explain what's going on and point you in the right direction.
To learn more about direct access and the rules in your state, find an Ivy Rehab clinic location near you or read the specific rules and guidelines by each state.