Why you don’t need a physician’s referral for physical therapy.

The choice is yours.

Did you know that you don’t have to go where your doctor tells you to go for physical therapy? The choice is actually yours, so make the choice that is right for you.
Most doctors are either employees of a hospital system or financially vested in a physician owned physical therapy service (POPTS). Because of this, physicians often keep their physical therapy referrals in-house by telling their patients to go either down the hall to the physical therapist they are associated with or to a physical therapy practice they are in-network with. Unfortunately, because of this, physicians don’t always send their patients to a location where they are going to get the best care. Luckily, in Wisconsin, we have what is called Direct Access, meaning you don’t need a physician’s referral to go to physical therapy (except Medicare benefactors).
The next time your physician recommends you see a physical therapist, remember that you can go to whichever physical therapy practice is the best for you.

How to choose your physical therapy provider:

  • First and foremost, make sure you choose a physical therapy provider that is in-network with your insurance provider.
  • Choose a location that is convenient for you. A physical therapy clinic that is close to work or home will make it easy for you to get to your appointments on time!
  • Choose a practice with excellent written reviews! One of the best ways to determine if a physical therapy practice is right for you is to see what other people are saying about it.
  • Go to a physical therapy clinic that specializes in the care you need. Not all physical therapists have experience working with TMJ/TMD patients, post-stem cell therapy patients, and/or vertigo patients.
  • Not all physical therapy practices offer dry needling, the graston technique, and/or aquatic therapy, so if you want access to advanced treatment options, then make sure you go to a clinic that can provide them.
  • Every physical therapy clinic has their own approach to healing. Some clinics rely on machines to get their patients better, faster and others take on a more manual therapy approach. Make sure you do a little research before you schedule an appointment so that you come to your first appointment comfortable and ready to Get Better, Faster.

All in all, just remember that where you go for physical therapy is your choice. Take into account everything you want in a physical therapy provider and choose a provider that is best for you. The choice is yours, so  choose the best, and Get Better, Faster at PROCare Physical Therapy.