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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.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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