Ann Steinfeld PT News March 2018 (714) 556-1600 March 2018



Direct access has become a big deal for a lot of people. I’ve talked about direct access in the past, but this month, I wanted to dive a little deeper. People often have questions about how they can utilize this law. It’s not uncommon for people to learn about our clinic after doing a web search for a local physical therapist. After doing a web search, they assume they have to see their doctor before making an appointment with us. A long time ago, this used to be true. If you’re hurting — you have a joint or muscular ache or pain, or you are injured — you have the option to make an appointment to see us first. More often than not, a general practitioner will make the suggestion to see a physical therapist, depending on the type of pain or injury. Your general practitioner may also prescribe medication, though, and refer you to an orthopedic specialist or surgeon, who then in turn may decide to refer you to a physical therapist. That’s a lot of running around and more work than is likely necessary. Simply put, direct access saves you a lot of time and money. You don’t have to wait to see your physician and you don’t have to deal with several insurance copays (that is, if you’re not paying out of pocket). You don’t have to jump through hoops to get the answers and relief you are looking for. Practically every state has some form of direct access on the books, with varying degrees of access. In California, access is straightforward. It does have one requirement for therapists: We must refer you to a physician if your condition is beyond our scope of care or physical therapy is not the right course of action. It’s a pretty simple requirement. There are a handful of health insurance providers, however, that may require you to see your physician first before they’ll cover any physical therapy. Thankfully, most of today’s insurance providers do not have this stipulation, and neither does Medicare, giving you more freedom in your health care choices. If you aren’t sure about the extent of your insurance coverage, be sure to review your plan first.

Thanks to direct access, as well as advances in the field of physical therapy, it’s become a primary resource for people who need help with pain and a wide variety of biomechanical issues. We’ve helped so many people get their function back and return to a life of normalcy.

Another thing to keep in mind — New Year’s fitness resolutions! It’s March, and by now a lot of people have forgotten

about the resolutions they made in January — including goals to lose weight and get into shape. One of the biggest reasons people stop going to the gym is because they get hurt or experience new aches and pains.

From jogging on the treadmill to lifting weights, there are so many ways people can accidentally injure themselves. This is where physical

therapy comes in. By speaking with a therapist, we can help you get back on track to achieving your fitness goals. Don’t let an ache or pain get in the way of truly feeling good and achieving your goals! We’re here to help. P.S. Be sure to check out the date of our next workshop inside this issue. If you have back pain, you won’t want to miss this! –Ann Steinfeld PT, OCS


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