Do you need a Doctor Referral to see a Physical Therapist?

The short answer is no. In 2006. Congress passed legislation that allows patients in New York State who need Physical Therapy to go directly to their Physical Therapist to receive evaluation and treatment. A prescription is not required to receive Physical Therapy treatment.

This law is referred to as “Direct Access”. Under Direct Access, a Physical Therapist can treat you for up to 30 days or 10 visits without a doctor’s referral. Call our office to see if your insurance provider covers you for direct access. We can verify your health insurance benefits for you.

Direct Access enables you to receive treatment right away for any physical condition. If you are experiencing shoulder, back, hand, next back or knee discomfort (to name a few) you can make an appointment and be seen by one of our Physical Therapists without going to your doctor first. If we feel that you condition requires other diagnostic tools, such as an MRI or X-ray, we will communicate that to the physician of your choice. If treatment is required beyond the 30 days or 10 visits, we will also communicate that to the physician of your choosing.

Our objective is to ensure you get the highest quality care in the most efficient manner possible. While Direct Access allows you to receive treatment immediately for any physical condition, if you feel that you need to see your doctor, we encourage you to do so.

Do you need a Doctor Referral to see a Physical Therapist?
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