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Physical Therapy

St.Vincent's physical therapy program provides assessment, evaluation, and treatment for patients with the goal of increasing mobility, strength, endurance, function, healing and effective pain management.

New guidelines in Indiana allow a patient to receive guidance and treatment from a physical therapist without a referral. This new policy is called Self-referral or Direct Access, and is limited to 24 calendar days from the initial physical therapy session. After the 24 days patients will need a physician referral to continue seeing a physical therapist.

All physical therapy self-referral is out-of-pocket, meaning patients cannot bill it through their insurance. In some cases, paying out-of-pocket may be more cost effective (i.e. – if patients have a high deductible).

Benefits of self-referral:

  • Allows a patient to see a physical therapist without the delay of waiting for an appointment with a primary care physician.
  • Research shows that patients who receive physical therapy sooner often experience reduced pain and increased function more quickly.
  • Many conditions can be treated successfully and safely with early physical therapy intervention without diagnostic work-ups and physician visits.

Who is a candidate for self-referral?

  • Patients who have sustained a recent injury or pain ailment.

Who is not a candidate for self-referral?

  • Patients with chronic or complex medical conditions or patients who have already received care from a physician or physical therapist.

For more information on St.Vincent physical therapy, click here.

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