In New York State, you do not need a doctor's referral to come to Pearl Physical Therapy? Clients with health insurance have direct access to Physical Therapy treatment without a referral from their physician – except for those injured in a work related or motor vehicle accident as well as clients with medicare. where a physician’s referral is required.
Direct access to physical therapists gives patients a faster, affordable and effective entry point into the health care system. Studies show that delays in care result in higher cost, decreased functional outcomes, and frustration to patients seeking physical therapy treatment. Eliminating the referral mandate results in timely, and thus more effective, physical therapists' services.
Physical therapists are educated at the post-baccalaureate level and receive extensive education and clinical training in the examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention of patient/clients with functional limitations, impairments and disabilities. As of January 1, 2002, all physical therapy programs are required to be accredited at the masters level. Physical therapists are qualified to recognize when a patient presents with signs and symptoms inconsistent or outside the scope and expertise of the physical therapist and when the patient should be referred to a primary care provider.
So, is that shoulder, knee, back still nagging you? Feel free to call Pearl Physical Therapy at 518-563-7777 to schedule an evaluation with one of our many skilled Physical Therapists.