How direct access to physical therapy and/or Occupational Therapy Works


Commentary by Linda Barnes

Direct access to physical or occupational therapy means patients can be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical or occupational therapist without needing a health care provider’s referral.

Direct access allows you to choose to see a physical and/or occupational therapist when you feel you need to seek treatment without a referral from your medical provider.

Direct access gives you the power to decide if you need physical and/or occupational therapy.

Direct Access is sometimes referred to as self-referral.

Benefits of direct access

There are several benefits to direct access including, but not limited to:

  • No waiting for a referral from your medical provider.
  • Quicker access to evaluation and treatment.
  • Coordination of care with other health professionals.
  • May save money and time if able to treat the condition with therapy vs having expensive tests completed prior to treatment.
  • More control over your own treatment choices.
  • May avoid surgery.
  • Use of alternative pain approaches/decreased use of opioids.
  • Improved outcomes/quicker results.
  • Improved patient satisfaction.
  • Health care is made more accessible to more people.

If you have a lingering ache or pain that simply won’t go away, please call Therapy on Wheels’ office to schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with our licensed physical and/or occupational therapists in the comfort of your own home. The office number is 317-332-9861. Therapy On Wheels will fax a doctor’s order and the plan of care to your doctor.

Linda Barnes is the owner/president of Therapy on Wheels


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