Therapeutic Associates Physical Therapy offers direct access to physical therapy at any of our locations. We are here to help keep you active and moving. Below are common questions we hear about direct access.

Do I need to see my doctor first?

Generally, you will not need a prescription or referral from your doctor to access physical therapy care. Some insurance plans, however, do require a physician’s referral or prescription first. Please contact our office if you have questions about your direct access coverage under your insurance plan, we would be more than happy to assist in determining if a referral is required or not.

Will my insurance cover physical therapy services under direct access?

Insurance coverage for physical therapy under direct access is generally covered by most insurance plans. However, the rules of coverage may vary from one insurance plan to another. As a courtesy to you, we would be more than happy to verify your insurance benefits, including direct access coverage.

Do I have a choice of where I can go for physical therapy?

Under direct access law, you as a consumer have the right to select the physical therapist of your choosing. However, insurance coverage may vary from provider to provider based upon in-network status. We would be more than happy to verify if we are in-network with your insurance plan.

Who needs physical therapy?

Statistics and research have shown that 50% of Americans over the age of 18 will need physical therapy care each year for a musculoskeletal condition. As healthcare providers and experts on musculoskeletal health, we encourage everyone to make a commitment to their long-term physical health. Physical therapy remains your best choice for prevention, management and rehabilitation of your injury.

What does musculoskeletal mean?

Anything that refers to bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae, etc. in the body. Musculoskeletal pain can be acute (short lived) or chronic (long lived). Physical therapists are experts in the movement of the human body.

Will it cost me more to come to physical therapy directly?

You can actually save money by avoiding unnecessary co-pays, imaging costs, or costs associated with prescription medication. We make it convenient by doing all the behind-the-scenes work for you. We will call your insurance to see what they will pay for and what your cost will be, and we’ll even reach out to your doctor for you if necessary.

How can I know if my injury is something I can go to physical therapy for, versus my doctor?

A Doctor of Physical Therapy is trained to ask the right questions, explore all possible causes, offer a clinical diagnosis, and let you know if a customized physical therapy treatment plan is right for you, or if you should seek additional insight from a specialist.

What if what’s wrong with me can’t be treated by a physical therapist?

Physical therapists are trained to recognize symptoms that suggest you might have an underlying medical condition and we can refer you to a specialist if we suspect that.

How does it benefit me to come to physical therapy without seeing my doctor first?

The sooner you see a physical therapist, the quicker your recovery. Often, a doctor may not be able to schedule you quickly. Our door is always open to you and we can jump-start your recovery. Plus, you can save money by eliminating a doctor visit.

Will my physical therapist communicate with my doctor?

When you come to us directly, you can ask us to include your family physician or any other provider that is involved in your care. We are happy to send regular updates to the provider(s) of your choice.

What conditions can be treated with physical therapy?

Below are some of the more common conditions we treat:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Joint pain (shoulder, knee, hip, foot, ankle)
  • Injuries due to trauma or fall
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Poor balance or weakness
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Motor vehicle injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Overuse injuries

Ready to Schedule an Appointment?

If you have suffered an injury or are dealing with aches and pains, now is the time to start your journey to pain-free movement. To request an appointment today, please use our online appointment request form below. Would you prefer to chat with someone on the phone? No problem! Please contact your preferred location today by utilizing our clinic finder.