Direct Access To Physical Therapy Treatment FAQs

“As of January 1, 2015, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands allow patients to seek some level of treatment from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or referral from a physician.” – apta.org

Our physical therapy / physical therapist are associated with the APTA.

However, depending on the state, there may be some limitations. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, in New Jersey, a physical therapist is to refer a patient out to an appropriate and licensed healthcare provider if: 

  • ¬†The treating therapist believes that physical therapy is¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†contraindicated, or symptoms or conditions are present that¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†require services outside the scope of practice of the physical¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†therapist.
  • ¬†The patient does not show any improvements in 30 days since¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†starting treatments.¬†
  • ¬†It is the physical therapist’s responsibility to inform the patient’s.¬† ¬†licensed health care professional of the patient’s plan of care¬† ¬†within the first 30 days of treatment.¬†

 

What does this mean for YOU ? ūü§Ē¬†

*** It means that if you have an injury, you do not have to wait to go see your primary physician or an orthopedic doctor and you may come directly to physical therapy. All physical therapists are Board Certified Doctors of Physical Therapy who have undergone years of post graduate studies and training in order to be able to properly diagnose patients. ***

In fact, according to the research, ON AVERAGE PEOPLE SAVED $511 in 30 DAYS BY GOING STRAIGHT TO PHYSICAL THERAPY INSTEAD OF SEEING THEIR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN FIRST.  This is significant considering that up to 70% of people will experience back pain at some point in their life.  Additionally, a person would be saving TIME, which COULD CRUCIAL WHEN NEEDING IMMEDIATE TREATMENT and attention in order TO ALLEVIATE SYMTOMS and DECREASE  THE LONGEVITY OF THE CONDITION. 

So if you’re in pain don’t hesitate to pick up the phone or have your legal guardian assist you.

With that in mind if you have any questions or concerns about feel free to contact our Bridgewater (908.203.5200) or Chester (908.879.5700) location to schedule a free medical screening with one of our highly trained Doctors of Physical Therapy to see how services will beneFIT you!

                           External Resources

http://www.apta.org/StateIssues/DirectAccess/

http://www.apta.org/uploadedFiles/APTAorg/Advocacy/State/Issues/Direct_Access/DirectAccessbyState.pdf

https://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2019/11/08/StudyLBPDirectAccess/