Direct Access

Direct Access

To Physical Therapy Services at Carter Rehabilitation & Aquatic Centers

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access allows you to see a physical therapist without a prescription from a healthcare professional, under certain conditions.

When can you use Direct Access?

1.) For up to 21 days or 10 treatments, whichever comes first. Before a physical therapist assistant (PTA) can treat you, a physical therapist (PT) must determine that you need physical therapy.

2.) If you're seeking physical therapy to prevent injury or promote fitness.

Who can provide physical therapy?

Only individuals licensed or authorized under specific regulations can practice physical therapy or work as a physical therapist assistant. This ensures you receive care from qualified professionals.


Direct access doesn't guarantee insurance coverage. It's essential to check with your insurance provider to understand if services without a doctor's referral are covered.

Note on Titles:

For your safety and assurance, only those authorized can use specific titles related to physical therapy, such as "physical therapist", "doctor of physical therapy", "physical therapist assistant", and others. This ensures that when you see these titles, you're working with a trained and certified professional.

We're here to provide you with the best care possible. If you have any questions about Direct Access or our services, please reach out to us.

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