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Can I see a physical therapist without a prescription from my doctor?

femalepronemassageLargeThe Direct Access Law, signed into law in 2003 in the State of New Jersey, allows patients to receive care from a licensed physical therapist without seeing a physician first.  Insurance is recognizing and covering patients for care received by a physical therapist without a physician referral. Typically the care is less expensive and just as safe as when a physician initiates care.  At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation we see a significant number of patients without a prescription.  When I first meet a patient we review a patients history and then decide whether they are appropriate for physical therapy treatment.  In certain cases we can start treatment that visit and others we recommend they see their primary physician or a specialist if necessary.

Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your physician before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative regimen.

2 Responses on “Can I see a physical therapist without a prescription from my doctor?

  1. Fred Romano says:

    Does the none perscription apply if you are covered by Medicare?

    1. Unfortunately with Medicare you are still required to have a prescription. Congress is currently looking at allowing physical therapists to examine and initiate treatment without a physician referral. In recent studies it shows it does not increase the risk to the patient and is typically less expensive.

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