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Direct Access Physical Therapy

Physical therapy without a prescription

A physical therapist is allowed to treat a patient without a physician referral through direct access.

At HSS, direct access examinations are appropriate for the following orthopedic nonsurgical injuries or concerns:

  • Joint pain
  • Sprains and strains
  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports or fitness injuries

During the initial examination, the physical therapist will assess needs and determine the next steps for the patient care plan. The therapist will arrange a referral to a physician if needed.