Direct Access

It has not been promoted throughout the media, but some Physical Therapist have the ability to treat patients without a physician referral or prescription.  This requires a special license call a Direct Access license.  The requirements include 2 years of clinic experience and 30 credit hours including diagnosis education.  I have been granted a Direct Assess License since they first offered it in 2004 and have seen some recurrent patients thru this program with moderate success.  Many insurance companies will cover this treatment but only for 30 days (by law) before the patient needs to see a physician.  This may "open more doors" to allow greater assess to physical therapy treatments with less delays and quicker recovery.