Make Physical Therapy Your First Stop for Orthopedic Injuries

A cheerleading injury scare! My daughter is a flyer for her high school varsity cheerleading team and with that responsibility comes many hours of practice each day, including separate sessions of tumbling. While performing a back handspring, she landed off balance and the pain began.

After applying general first aid to her ankle overnight, it became very apparent that the injury was more than a slight bruise. Her orthopedic doctor didn’t have an available appointment for nearly 3 days and we were worried the situation would get worse, especially if she continued to practice with her team.

Fortunately, I learned about Direct Access from Sports PT and knew we had other options. I immediately called the Liverpool, NY clinic and they saw her that day! After a thorough initial evaluation, it was evident that her ankle may have been broken in the landing, and the physical therapist recommended a visit to the orthopedic urgent care that evening for x-rays. Her ankle was broken, but due to the immediate attention provided by Sports PT, we had already begun the healing process.

So what is Direct Access?

It is legislation enacted by the NYS Education Department in November 2006 that allows a licensed physical therapist to provide a patient with treatment in the practice of physical therapy without a referral from a physician, dentist, podiatrist or nurse practitioner, for 10 visits or 30 days, whichever occurs first, provided the licensed physical therapist meets specific requirements. It was designed to be a first line of defense where patients could start treatment immediately to begin the healing process. It also allows for patients to be seen sooner by expert medical professionals rather than clogging up emergency rooms and urgent care centers with these types of issues.

Did you know that physical therapists are some of the best qualified individuals to evaluate an orthopedic injury, next to Orthopedic Surgeons? There is even a research study that presents data supporting the diagnostic accuracy of physical therapists.

At Sports PT, we have physical therapists who meet the requirements in nearly every clinic. If you have an acute or chronic injury or condition that impairs your movement, such as back and neck pain, sprains and strains, hip, knee or ankle pain, tendonitis or a sports injury, I encourage you to contact us to make an appointment! It will save you precious time and may result in lower out-of-pocket insurance expenses.1 We’ll check your insurance policy for you to make sure your insurance carrier allows for Direct Access. We look forward to helping you soon!

By:  Dot Hall, Mother of Patient