How Direct Access To Physical Therapy Works

The direct access to physical therapy statute in Florida allows you quick access to physical therapy without having to go through your doctor first, often saving time and money. This is especially helpful for non-serious injuries, recurring injuries or pain, and injuries that never fully healed. It helps avoid needless testing, drugs, and the associated costs that would likely end up in a referral to physical therapy anyway.

In Florida, you can see a physical therapist for 30 days without a referral/ prescription from your doctor. If you wish to continue your therapy past the 30 day mark, you will need your medical provider to write a referral to continue your care.

Licensed physical therapists have extensive training in evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. Your therapist will evaluate you and provide referrals to specialists, if needed.

Most insurance companies pay for direct access services, but they vary in the number of visits they pay for. Our staff can help you determine your insurance coverage for direct access physical therapy services. For those patients who wish to pursue self-referral without insurance, please contact our office staff about payment options.


Contact us to get started on your physical therapy and start feeling better today!

Altamonte Springs Office 407-332-7816

Waterford Lakes Office 407-207-7188