What is “Direct Access” and how it relates to Physical Therapy care

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Direct access to physical therapy is your opportunity to be evaluated and treated by a licensed Physical Therapist without first seeing your physician for a prescription/referral. If payment is approved by your insurance company, direct access is your opportunity to save time and money and expedite your treatment, relief and recovery. If your therapist feels that your injury requires the expertise of a Physician or radiology consultation (MRI, x-rays, etc), then we are able to refer you to a physician who specializes in a particular field (orthopedics, rheumatology, etc) and expedite that visit as well. Eliminating the referral process makes physical therapy care more accessible to more people, and allows patients to receive earlier and more cost effective services.

Physical Therapists receive extensive education and clinical training in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and expert treatment of patients with functional limitations, impairments and disabilities. Physical Therapists are qualified to recognize when a patient presents with signs and symptoms outside the scope and expertise of the physical therapist and when the patient should be referred to a physician.

To learn more about direct access, and whether you may benefit from Physical Therapy without a physician’s referral, contact us at info@symmetrypt.com or 914-738-1748. We accept most insurance plans and one of our billing specialists can explain your potential financial obligation (typically a co-pay or deductible) prior to your first visit.

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