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Physical Therapy

Direct Access

What is Direct Access?

Direct access to physical therapy allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without requiring a referral from a doctor, practitioner, or other healthcare provider. In simple terms, direct access enables you to see a physical therapist whenever you feel the need.



Who is eligible for

Direct Access?

Massachusetts is one of 20 states that grant patients complete, unrestricted access to physical therapy. A physician referral is not required for a physical therapist to treat a patient. Therefore, if you're experiencing acute or chronic pain, you don't have to wait to see a physical therapist.



What are the benefits of Direct Access?

Direct Access offers you quicker access to the treatment you need and deserve. It can potentially reduce healthcare costs and promote high-quality healthcare.

In many cases, seeing a physical therapist first can lead to fewer overall treatment sessions.


Does insurance cover Physical Therapy through Direct Access?

Over 90% of insurance companies reimburse for direct access treatment. But some insurance may require a physician referral. Medicare typically does. If you're uncertain about your insurance coverage for direct access, please contact us.

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