Direct Access for Physical Therapy in Texas - How Does It Work?
Thanks to Direct Access legislation, physical therapy patients can now get evaluations and treatments directly from a licensed physical therapist (PT) without first obtaining a doctor's prescription or referral. It essentially means anyone can visit a physical therapist whenever they want.
Texas allows direct patient access to a physical therapist with some provisions. Texas's provisions include:
A physical therapist may treat a patient without a referral for up to 10 days if:
The physical therapist has been licensed to practice for at least one year.
The physical therapist is covered by professional liability insurance in the minimum amount required by the Board.
The physical therapist does not diagnose a disease.
A physical therapist may treat a patient without a referral for no more than 15 days if:
The physical therapist has a doctoral degree.
The physical therapist has completed a residency or fellowship.
While many plans of care can be completed within two or three weeks, patients who require additional therapy beyond 15 days can get a doctor's referral at that time. Once the healthcare provider submits a referral, treatment can continue as needed.
Benefits of Direct Access Physical Therapy
There are several reasons why it's beneficial for patients to have direct access to a PT. One is that they get more control over their care. Physical therapy is the obvious choice for conditions like lower back pain, knee pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, and other PT conditions. Direct access gives patients an option and lets them personally decide on their course of treatment. It's also less costly for patients since they can avoid paying for a doctor's visit (and pricey diagnostic tests) to get a referral. Moreover, patients don't have to wait to get the help they need. They can schedule a visit with a licensed physical therapist immediately, often reducing healing time. But even with direct access to physical therapy, it's understandable that many patients wish to have their physicians included in their course of care. At Luna, our physical therapists are happy to be a part of their patient's medical team and regularly communicate with their client's physicians to keep them aware of progress.
How to Obtain Physical Therapy in Texas
Like many busy Americans, you'd likely prefer the convenience and privacy of in-home physical therapy. Luna is the top-ranking in-home physical therapy service. It provides state-of-the-art, immediate care to patients in need. In addition, Luna's easy-to-use platform makes the process effortless. Schedule an appointment, get matched with a top-notch licensed physical therapist, and receive high-quality care in your home, gym, or office at a time that works best for you.
Today, thanks to direct access, you have two ways to receive PT care: through physician referral or by contacting a physical therapist directly. No matter which method you choose, try Luna's in-home physical therapy. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain -- and you and your physician will love the excellent care you receive.