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Take Charge of your Recovery Using Virginia’s New Direct Access Guidelines

April 05, 2018 in Articles, News
Posted by Richard Banton
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Injury or pain can occur at anytime, and could be the result of strained tendons or joints, muscle flare ups...the list goes on. Traditionally, it’s been a long road to recovery. Patients initially scheduled with their primary care doctor, and then are referred to a general orthopedist, to finally receive a referral for physical therapy. The financial burden and time investment of this injury begins to mount -- hours in the car, missed work, diagnostic imaging, copay amounts….all while you’re still in pain. Good news -- that road to recovery just got shorter!

NOW YOU CAN EXPERIENCE PAIN-RELIEF FASTER  

Oftentimes the ultimate destination for treatment of these symptoms is physical therapy. Keep the end-goal in mind and take charge of your recovery using Virginia’s new Direct Access Guidelines.

What is Direct Access?

Direct Access means the removal of the physician referral mandated by state law to access physical therapists' services for evaluation and treatment for up to 30 days.

With the change of this model, patients can now go directly from point of injury or pain to a physical therapist to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan. The accessibility to immediate care improves recovery time and reduces financial investment. Plus, with hands-on manual therapy, many patients begin feeling better in just a few visits. This gets you back to your active lifestyle faster!

WHY CHOOSE DIRECT ACCESS AT VIRGINIA THERAPY & FITNESS CENTER (VTFC)?

Our award-winning licensed therapists develop a treatment plan tailored to your goals using the most effective manual therapy techniques, trigger point dry needling, and therapeutic exercise. The continuity of care we provide leads to more effective outcomes with fewer visits.