Direct Patient Access

Direct Access Removes Barriers, Saves Money, and May Improve Outcomes. It’s Physical Therapy Without a Physician Referral.

Direct Patient Access

Maybe you have nagging knee pain every time you run more than a mile. Or you woke up with a kink in your neck. Perhaps you’ve been dealing with low back pain for years and have never tried physical therapy.

Direct access could be for you.

What Is Direct Access?

Direct access is the ability to see a physical therapist without first obtaining a referral from a physician. As of 2015, 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands have some form of direct access.

Why Choose Performance Physical Therapy for Direct Access?

Direct Patient Access

While not every insurance company pays for physical therapy without a referral, everyone is eligible for a 10- to 15-minute complimentary screening at a Performance Physical Therapy. If after the complimentary screening it is determined physical therapy is appropriate for you, we can move to comprehensive initial evaluation.  At that point we can do an affordable cash pay option or bill your insurance.  Because all of Performance Physical Therapy’s clinics have a direct access policy, it’s easy to find convenient treatment, which often begins the very same day.

We encourage patients to come by one of our clinics or set up an appointment, even without a doctor’s referral. And if you don’t have a doctor, we have great relationships with many specialized practitioners in the communities we serve and can help connect you to a trusted local physician.

Removing Barriers to Physical Therapy

Direct access removes many of the barriers to physical therapy and provides the following benefits to patients.

  • Saves time. Instead of spending time on the phone or in a waiting room to arrange a referral, you can call or contact Performance Therapy directly to set up an appointment, or even walk into one of our conveniently located clinics. Studies show that direct-access therapy services result in fewer general practitioner visits and hospital admissions than those arranged via physician referral.
  • Saves money. Direct access may lower the cost of health care for the patient because it eliminates the need for a doctor’s visit to obtain a referral. Studies have also found that when a patient receives therapy services first, it decreases the need for costly imaging and medications.
  • Speeds recovery. Through direct access, patients can experience less pain and a faster recovery. Research indicates that direct access patients generally had better outcomes at discharge and achieved it in fewer visits than those referred by physicians. Patients also reported a higher degree of satisfaction with therapy through direct access.

While the guidelines for direct access vary according to state law, our knowledgeable intake personnel can verify benefits and explain Direct Access as it relates to your insurance. Most insurance plans, including Medicare, now honor some form of direct access. Co-payments for treatment still apply, but the initial screening is always complimentary.

Direct Access Gets You in the Door

Come by or contact a Performance Therapy clinic so that we can explain more about direct access and help you understand the benefits of physical therapy and the services that our clinics offer. We have locations in Folsom, Roseville, Rancho Cordova and East Sacramento, so come directly to us whenever you need us — no referral necessary. Book your appointment today!

What our clients say about us...

"10. Best. Physical. Therapy."

Kamal - Roseville

“I have had the best experience coming here. Everyone is wonderful and so kind and friendly from the front desk to assistants and therapists. This place is definitely the total package!"

Holly S

“For a hard-headed former athlete, going slow & waiting for visible results was torture. Ever visit I felt improvement & got closer to resuming my normal life. Great staff.”

Abby S

"From front office staff to therapists - this is a 5 star practice. Thank you Mark, Mallory, Cindy, et al"

Dr. Bob - Folsom

"I've experienced an incredible improvement as a result of my treatment. The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly and provide a great environment!"

Paul - J Street

"Performance Physical Therapy Sacramento has the best physical therapists . I have been seeking help for a long time now with on going injuries from being a runner and this is the only place I have been able to find relief and am finally starting to feel better! Any injury I have they know what to do to help me recover. They are Always friendly and I actually like coming to physical therapy."

Lauren - J Street

"The facility in Folsom is very clean and sanitary. I appreciate that all stations have fresh towels and the machines/benches are always wiped down after use. Staff is very professional and courteous. I also like that the Folsom location has locker rooms with showers available, which allows me to clean up and go straight to work after my morning appointments."

Jason - Folsom

"Mark and Mallory and the whole crew are great! The entire team is only interested in getting the patient better, as pain free as possible. You (the patient) are part of the wellness team and it does take teamwork! MANY THANKS for my knees, my back, my neck .. and whatever other body part tries to fall apart in the future!"

Mary Jean - Folsom

"Dr. McCoy has been able to treat the neck pain with deep massage, assistant applies the ultrasound + electrical stimulation. The pain is almost gone for most of the time after my visits. The facility is impeccable with cleanliness, and all of the people who work here are kind, helpful and seem to love their job."

Joanne - Rancho Cordova

"Hi, I have been going to Performance Physical Therapy Roseville for over a year.  Christie Nat has done an outstanding job with my left shoulder.  Everyone on the staff is professional, kind and helpful.  I would highly recommend Performance Physical Therapy to anyone needing their services.  They receive a 10 from me."

Gail - Roseville

“Great place to get therapy for all kinds of injuries and needs. My 80 year old mother-in-law received a fast recovery because of this place. The therapists are very nice and helpful. I definitely recommend this place.”

Nellie K

"The staff at Performance Therapy Sunrise Blvd have been incredibly passionate about my recovery. I look forward to my appointments each week. All are very skilled and take care of their clients...above and beyond my expectations. In particular Adrienne is a shining star. So personable and always treats me like I'm the only one there. She is Fantastic!"

Terry - Roseville
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