Cost Savings

Recent research has concluded that early physical therapy intervention (less than 14 days of Low Back Pain onset) combined with physical therapy care rendered according to a treatment-based classification system resulted in a total of over $4000 SAVINGS in healthcare cost. Below is a flow chart detailing the cost savings breakdown:

Acute Low Back Pain-Cost-Savings

Cost Savings Under a Treatment – Based Classification System

Physical Therapy Direct

Statistically, patients recover FASTER the earlier they receive the right medical care. As licensed medical providers, physical therapists can be accessed directly, without a referral or recommendation from your medical doctor. This is called Direct Access and is legal in 47 states, including Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

That means that as a consumer of healthcare, you can seek medical treatment for your musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain, directly from the physical therapist of your choice. This makes your physical therapist a first-line health care provider for your musculoskeletal health.

Why is this important to you?

  • Convenient locations
  • Appointments available within 48 hours
  • Extended hours, both early and late, to best accommodate your busy schedule
  • Immediate evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment, without the delay of visiting another health care professional
  • Pain relief, education on symptom management for self-care
  • Evidence shows the sooner you receive care, the faster and more complete your healing
  • Studies show an average savings of $1,200 per patient episode of care under direct access

Insurance Coverage

Physical therapy is a covered benefit under insurance plans. As licensed medical providers, Physical Therapists can be accessed directly, without a referral or recommendation from your medical doctor for musculoskeletal issues. Insurance coverage for your physical therapy benefits are plan-specific. Most insurance companies do not require a referral from your physician, but some do.

We are happy to verify your physical therapy benefits for you prior to scheduling your first visit. Simply contact one of our participating locations and we will outline your physical therapy benefits so you can make an informed decision. You will receive information on referral requirements, coinsurance, co-pay, and your total annual benefit. We do offer cash rates for your convenience and for services rendered outside insurance plan coverage, which can be very cost effective.


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