I lifted a heavy box from the floor at work a week ago and now it still hurts when I twist or turn. I love to play tennis, but afterwards it hurts so much that I can’t open my file cabinet or turn the doorknob. I have been playing basketball for a long time without any injuries, but this time I fell on my knees and now my knee hurts during my practice as well as when walking up stairs to my office. Using my computer is so painful, but I have to keep doing it. Do any of these sound familiar? If any of these kinds of pain have limited your ability to function fully in your daily life, then “Direct Access” to physical therapy is the right choice for you.
What is “Direct Access”?
In the state of Virginia, a physical therapist who has completed a doctor of physical therapy program or who has obtained a certificate of authorization may evaluate and treat a patient for no more than 30 consecutive days after an initial evaluation without a referral. To simplify, a physical therapist may evaluate you and treat you for up to 30 days even though you have not seen your medical doctor. Your physical therapist will reach out to your medical doctor and if your medical doctor agrees with the plan of care set by your physical therapist, you can continue your therapy after 30 days.
When the pain hits, the last thing you want to do is wait.
It is very common, and may already have happened to you, that you had to wait for weeks to see your medical doctor. Once you saw your doctor, chances are, your doctor gave you a physical therapy prescription and by the time you finally saw a therapist you may have even more pain or limitations.
Faster is better!
“Direct Access” provides you with the ability to receive immediate medical attention. Evidence-based research has shown that seeing a “Direct Access” physical therapist can save you time and money – less cost per episode of care, less visits to get better, less harm to your body with fewer side effects of medication, less exposure to imaging radiation, and less days of missed work.
If you are having any pain and not sure if physical therapy can help alleviate the symptoms, simply visit a physical therapist. Physical therapists are there to evaluate your symptoms and provide you with a care plan if physical therapy is your best option to address your pain.
About Purvi Trivedi, PT
Purvi graduated with her Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from India in 2006. Since then, she has been practicing in New York before moving to Virginia and joining Loudoun Physical Therapy. She specializes in manual therapy and sports rehabilitation. Purvi feels very fortunate to be able to make a difference in people’s lives and help them to get better faster. Apart from her work, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and exploring nature.
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