Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy?
If so, how do I get one?
The state of Utah, is known as a ‘direct access state’ meaning patients can legally see physical therapists directly, without a referral from their doctor. However, some insurance companies require referral in order for therapy to be covered. Physical Therapy is often a good first step. If symptoms can be resolved with physical therapy, then the other procedures and potential side effects can be avoided. It is always your right to pursue Physical Therapy, or any other treatment, prior to other more invasive procedures. If the Physical Therapist evaluates you and finds nothing that she or he thinks physical therapy can address, they will be honest and tell you that, encourage you to go back to see your primary provider and will likely call the referring provider or send a written report about the evaluation findings.