With direct access
- Overall healthcare costs can be lowered with fewer physical therapy visits and no unnecessary doctor visits for a medical diagnosis.
Less out-of-pocket costs and missed work time
- Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center found that putting “physical therapy in front” when treating patients with back pain means less time waiting for appointments, fewer MRIs and a decrease in time off from work for patients.
- Source: The Wall Street Journal (online Jan. 12, 2007)
Fewer unnecessary doctors' visits
- Patients needing physical therapy often are forced to spend unnecessary time and money to obtain a diagnosis from a physician before being referred to a licensed physical therapist who is uniquely qualified in the field of movement, function and health.
Lower overall health care costs
- Costs incurred for physical therapist visits were 123 percent higher when patients were first seen by a physician than when they went to a physical therapist directly.
- Source: The Mitchell Study