Do You Need A Doctor’s Referral To See A Physical Therapist?on Thursday, May 16, 2019
In Oregon, we are fortunate to have “Direct Access” to physical therapists. In fact, as of 2015 all 50 states now have direct access to physical therapy. This means that you can legally see them directly, without a referral. However, some insurance companies still require a referral in order to have physical therapy services paid for.
Why Go Directly to a PT?
You can save both time and money. A physical therapist is a doctor and can diagnose your pain or mobility issues. Instead of the extra step (and maybe extra copay), you can go directly to a physical therapist and get diagnosed and start your recovery process sooner.
Should My Doctor Know?
Yes. Physical therapists are collaborators and there are cases when we contact your doctor to get the full picture. As collaborators, we also know that no two recoveries are the same. We are frequently involved in a multidisciplinary approach with a number of pain management clinics in Portland who concurrently use other forms of conservative interventions such as oral medication, injection procedures of medication or prolotherapy, counseling, radiofrequency ablation, spinal electrical stimulator devices, acupuncture, etc.
Renew Physical Therapy is Located in Southeast Portland
Renew Physical Therapy is an independent, manual physical therapy clinic that was established in December 2015 by Michael and Heidi Cantwell. Our facility features three private treatment rooms and an open gym area to treat all our patients’ needs, including neck and back pain. You can find us on Southeast Division Street in Portland, Oregon.
Visit our About Us page to learn more about our practice, clinic, and staff. Call us at 503.928.4914 to schedule an appointment.
Renew Your Body, Reclaim Your Life!