Great news and a huge step forward for Illinois Physical Therapy profession and all the clients looking for help!
On August 18, 2018, a new House Bill 4643 was enacted to put Direct Assess to Physical Therapy legislation into law.This is wonderful news!
What does it really mean? What are the potential benefits to you? Mike Reiley, President of Illinois Physical Therapy has stated "The most important benefit is that studies have shown an amazing 90% reduction in opioid use when consumers have access to PT".
Direct Assess to Physical Therapy allows patients to go directly to see a Physical Therapist to be evaluated and treated without a referral or script from a Physician, which save patients time and money. So, if you have a sudden injury resulting with back pain, neck pain, twisted ankle etc., you can set up an appointment directly with your physical therapist without the need to see your doctor. When the body receives immediate and proper care, the healing process can be shorter. During the initial evaluation your Physical Therapist assesses if your condition requires medical attention, further diagnostic testing or the need to see another medial professional. Direct Access puts you in greater control of your own health and future in that you can seek Physical Therapy for:
General, non- injury related condition,
The natural tendency when we hurt is to avoid movement and activity. An initial short period maybe necessary to prevent re-injury. However, lack of movement and inactivity is the WORSE thing you can do. It increases inflammation and central nervous system sensitization, which follows with decreased range of motion, less flexibility, muscular weakness which causes more pain with movement.
Xavier Jimenez, psychiatrist and medical director of the Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic.has done research that shows continuous healthy movement and early physical therapy are extremely important.in helping people manage chronic pain. It is my hope that this email makes you more aware of Direct Access. More choice creates freedom!
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