Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy?

by Rebecca Nault, DPT

Let’s keep it simple, no, you do not need a referral at MKE Physical Therapy.  

As a profession physical therapy has moved towards a doctorate degree since 2005. The goal was to allow for direct access to physical therapy without a script from a primary care provider being required. It also provided the necessary education to know when a physical therapist can treat and when they can’t treat and should refer to the physician if there are concerning findings that are out of the scope of the Physical Therapist. 

Wisconsin is one of 26 states that allow direct patient access to Physical therapy.  

Direct Access is a legal provision in Wisconsin that allows a licensed physical therapist to evaluate and treat a patient without obtaining a prescription or a referral from a physician.

What does this mean for you? It means you don’t have to make an appointment with your primary physician and pay the cost, often over $200 -$300 even with insurance, to tell you to see a Physical Therapist. This benefit saves you both time and money.

Dr. Rebecca Nault graduated in 2007 with a doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been treating direct access for about 5 years when this became more popular in Wisconsin. MKE Physical Therapy is here to make your path to managed pain, improved functional outcomes and an overall improved quality life without the unnecessary steps and cost. Don’t delay, make your appointment today at MKE Physical Therapy

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