Physical Therapy Without a Doctor’s Referral
Did you know that as of January 1st of this year, you’re allowed to go see your physical therapist without having to go to the doctor first? I bet you didn’t. I also bet you didn’t know that current research shows that physical therapist are as good as diagnosing musculoskeletal issues as any physician out there with the only exception being orthopedic/sports medicine surgeons.
Michigan is one of the last states to allow this to happen. Unfortunately, this is a process and most insurance companies aren’t going to cover these services without a physician referral.
Why is that good for you? At Advantage Performance Therapy, we work on a cash based system so we don’t bill insurance. We don’t accept insurance because I feel that working with the restrictions imposed by insurance doesn’t allow me to focus on you as a person, but forced me to look at you as an impairment. Cash based therapy often times allows you to get out of my care in 2-5 sessions rather than 8-12 visits. Also, if you had a high deductible you could be paying $400 dollars per hour until your deductible is met. We are significantly cheaper than that and will only need a few visits. Your information is also stored on a HIPAA protected server and is not at risk.
Let’s say you workout at Advantage Strength and Conditioning. You have a nagging injury and you want to get it checked out. Rather than go see your family physician, then potentially get imaging that is likely not going to affect any outcome of your treatment (some research shows that getting an MRI correlates with poor outcomes), then go see a specialist who will sit down with you for a few minutes and send you to physical therapy, you can stop in on a Thursday night and get evaluated without prescription.
At that point, it’s my job to determine whether you fit within the scope of my practice. If I feel like I can help you, I have 10 visits or 21 days to give it my all to help you. If your symptoms are not responding as standard, conservative treatment should, then we get you to your doctor. If your symptoms seem strange or don’t quite add up, we can always get you to your doctor as well.
Early physical therapy interventions correlate well with better outcomes of therapy. Many people experience pain and dysfunction for months before they get whatever is ailing them checked out.
Send me an email at: [email protected] and let’s talk about that nagging or brand new pain you have.
Not injured but want to get ready for baseball/track/spring football? We can prepare a corrective and strength and conditioning program to get you ready for the season.
Already working with Brian or another coach? Let’s get you fixed up and back to training with strength coach.
Want to swing by and talk about mid 90’s to mid 2000’s comedies? I’m game with that as well 🙂