Physical therapy is a safe and affordable way to treat hundreds of issues, and a referral or prescription is not required to start treatment.
This is called Direct Access.
All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow patients “direct access” to physical therapy services and programs without needing a physician’s prescription or referral. This puts you in control of your care.
A major advantage to direct access is that patients see a decrease in their out-of-pocket costs by removing the need to visit their general practitioner for a referral. It also means that treatment can get underway faster.
You should have control over your health. You know your body better than anyone else.
When you’re in pain or have been injured and feel that you could benefit from physical therapy, you should be able to decide where and how to seek treatment, and direct access allows you to do just that. Request your appointment today, and get back to feeling great and doing what you love!
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Benefits of Direct Access
Cost-Effective: By coming to physical therapy first, you avoid having to pay for a visit to the doctor – which can save you, your insurance company, and the healthcare system money. Oftentimes physical therapy can also reduce the need for alternative treatment methods such as medication, injections, and imaging.
Quicker Results: When you’re in pain, you want relief fast, but sometimes it can take weeks to get in to see the doctor. In the meantime, you may begin taking over-the-counter medications or go to the emergency room or urgent care for pain relief. With direct access to physical therapy, you’ll spend less time and effort scheduling a physician’s visit and begin feeling better faster.
Higher Patient Satisfaction: Numerous studies have shown that direct-access patients report higher satisfaction levels than those with a referral. Even though patients may have received identical treatment, the ability to begin physical therapy immediately led to quicker recovery – this plays a key role in higher satisfaction levels.