In the state of Florida, Direct Access legislation allows you to schedule an outpatient physical therapy evaluation and be treated for a twenty-one (21) day period without a physician’s referral. However, some insurance plans require a physician’s prescription/referral before treatment can be initiated.
Physical therapists are educated at the doctorate level with training in diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Therefore, a physical therapist is able to evaluate your condition and determine if the symptoms you are experiencing are within the physical therapy scope of practice. In the incidence that your condition is outside the scope of physical therapy practice, your therapist will refer you to a medical practitioner who can review and consult on your situation. Should you require physical therapy treatment beyond 21 days, the physical therapist is required to have your practitioner of record review and sign off on the plan of care.
If you have a condition that you believe would benefit from physical therapy, but do not have a referral from your doctor contact our office for more information on direct access.