Direct Access for a Physical Therapy First Approach
Did you know that if you are in pain or have sustained an injury you can see a physical therapist with no referral needed? Not only that, but it can save you both time and money in the long run.
There is mounting evidence that visiting a physical therapist first can reduce costs and improve the overall outcome of injury rehabilitation. When you choose physical therapy first, it has been shown to lower costs by 72% and often provides similar if not better outcomes. A physical therapy first approach for uncomplicated low back pain leads to an average treatment duration of only 22 days, while seeing your primary care provider first leads to an average treatment duration of 66 days.
Physical therapy helps patients reduce or eliminate pain by addressing the factors that are contributing to their pain. This also helps patients avoid surgery, and in the other cases pre-surgery PT helps patients recover more quickly with better outcomes. Plus, early physical therapy is associated with a reduced risk of opioid use.
If you’re looking for someone to help you with a physical therapy first approach, contact Tx:Team today!