Direct Access allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without obtaining a referral or a prescription from a physician. Wisconsin is one of 50 states that has legislated Direct Access to physical and occupational therapy services.
Patients are able to receive treatment quickly.
Time is of the essence when it comes to injuries. Direct access to therapy will allow for the rehabilitation process to start immediately. All patients are seen by a Therapist within 24-48 hours.
Physical therapy often reduces the need for medications, injections, or imaging. In fact, with direct access PT, studies support fewer number of PT visits and quicker recovery. This benefits patients, insurance companies, and therapists.
Safe and Effective Pain Management
Physical therapy is a CDC-recommended alternate treatment plan to dangerous opioids and in some cases, just as effective (if not more!) than surgery. It’s also a much cheaper alternative to costly diagnostic imaging.