Last month I spoke about the new Direct Access law which goes into effect on July 1, 2013. Beginning July 1st, you will be able to come into our clinic for a physical therapy consultation without having a referral from a physician.
Why is that helpful you may ask yourself? The answer is simple. In the past, we have treated many of you for injuries on your left or right sides. Time passes and you find yourself having similar pain on the opposite side. Typically you have called us to get you back to a pain free life and for the past 24 years we have had to ask you to go back to your physician. The typical response has been, why? We always had to quote the law and inform you that it was illegal to evaluate and treat a person without a physicians referral.
That no longer applies as of July 1, 2013! As of July 1st you can call us directly and we will schedule to get you in and back to a pain free life!
A quick example of the impact this will have happened recently. Two months ago a patient called to ask me if he should go in to get a rotator cuff repair. He informed me that he had just visited an orthopedic surgeon on a Wednesday and was set up for surgery on that following Friday.
Since I knew this person as a friend, I met him that night after work to hear his story and ask him to show me his shoulder capabilities. Following our meeting, he cancelled his surgery, got a referral from his physician, was successfully treated here and is now back to working in the yard and playing catch with his twelve year old daughter and 10 year old son!
The impact is enormous for all of Indiana, as now, we are just a phone call away from freeing you of unnecessary pain.
If you are having back, neck, shoulder, hip, or knee pain please call us and schedule an appointment after July 1st. We will be able to get you in within 24 hours and we will help you decrease your pain and get you back moving again with less worry. We might also refer you to a specialist if we think that's what you need, as your health and well being is our primary concern, always!
We are looking forward to working more closely with you than ever before!