Direct Access

Direct Access can simply be defined as patients having direct access to physical therapy services at their own convenience. This allows patients to receive treatment from a physical therapist without having a physician referral or prescription. Overall, this option allows physical therapy the opportunity to be first in line for the treatment process.

Some might ask if Physical Therapists should be allowed to treat a patient without referral.

Physical therapists are educated at the post-baccalaureate level and receive extensive education and clinical training in the examination and certification process. Body Gears‘ Physical Therapists are no exception, and as a company we pride ourselves in education. Our clinical directors are consistently educating and training our staff, and we make it a priority to invest in continued education.

Our therapists are qualified to recognize when a patient displays signs and symptoms outside of physical therapy. APTA’s Guide of Professional Conduct advocates that physical therapists should assist and recommend patients to the appropriate medical care outside of physical therapy if needed.

For more information, please visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.