Do I Need a Referral for Physical Therapy??

Have you ever dealt with low back pain? How about neck and shoulder tightness? Foot pain that makes getting to the shower seem like running a marathon? Vertigo that sends the world spinning and makes getting out of bed impossible? All of these things are treated regularly by the staff of River Rehab Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapists treat a myriad of orthopedic and neurologic conditions that can make the easiest of daily tasks seem like climbing a mountain. When most people encounter painful conditions, the traditional route into the healthcare system is through their family practice physician. While this is a great starting point for many people, some would ask, “Can I just go to a Physical Therapist?” The answer in a lot of cases is yes.

A number of insurance providers allow direct access to physical therapy evaluation and treatment without the referral of a physician. Determining whether you have this option may be as easy as calling your insurance provider. Many urgent care physicians will also be happy to write prescriptions for physical therapy if your insurance provider tells you that you do need a referral to be treated by a Physical Therapist, so all you have to do is ask.

The reason you should be asking your doctor for a referral to physical therapy is because our treatment techniques are research proven as the most effective treatment techniques for low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, vertigo, and numerous other orthopedic and neurologic conditions that can limit the things you love to do. So, whether you just want to read without getting a headache, or you need to get rid of that foot pain before your marathon next month, physical therapy should be the place you look first to get back on track to living your life the way you want to.

If you have any questions regarding whether we at River Rehab Physical Therapy can be helpful to you, don’t hesitate to contact us over the phone or by email and we will be glad to answer any questions you may have.