Direct Access: What Is It?
Direct Access refers to a physical therapist's ability to evaluate and treat you without a doctor's referral, and each state has different laws regarding this. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy are licensed in Pennsylvania to evaluate and treat you without a physician referral, and the vast majority of insurances cover this. Our front office can verify for you if your insurance covers this or not.
We do keep your physician(s) informed that you are under our care with an initial evaluation report, regular progress reports, and phone consultation if needed.
In the case where we feel further medical evaluation is in your best interests before beginnning any formal therapy, we may refer you to your family physician or a specialist for further evaluation. In most cases this is not necessary, however.
What Does This Mean For You?
1. Quick access to your physical therapist. This often saves time, money, and speeds recovery.
2. Gives you the ability to choose your physical therapist. Your physician may recommend physical therapy for you, but it is ultimately your choice as to where you go for your treatment.