DIRECT ACCESS IN PRACTICE
Direct Access allows a patient to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist for a musculoskeletal condition (problems with your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints) without having to obtain a referral or prescription from your physician. Physical therapists are qualified to recognize when a patient presents with signs and symptoms that are appropriate for treatment or if the patient’s condition is outside the scope of practice and requires consultation with a physician.
Once an examination is conducted and the condition is found to be musculoskeletal in origin, treatment can begin. By removing the added step of referral by physician, direct access assist you in saving time, money and finding the relief you are seeking.