When it comes to your health, you are the one that gets to make the decisions. Hence, it is up to you to decide which health professionals you allow to care for you. The following guidelines have been designed to help you choose the right physical therapist for your needs.
In only four states is it a requirement to be referred by a medical professional if you want to see a physical therapist. The four states where this is required are Indiana, Oklahoma, Alabama and Michigan. However, there may be some restrictions relating to your insurance policy. However, you do have to make sure that your physical therapist is licensed, and you can ask your insurance company to consider someone else. Insurance company are particularly allowing for that if you require special facilities. Always check that the therapist you are interested in is a member of APTA, which means they follow the Association’s Code of Ethics. Those who are a member of APTA also have a particularly strong focus on compassionate care.
Never refer yourself to a physical therapist that you haven’t fully checked out, paying particular attention to their qualifications. You could choose to work with a physical therapy assistant rather than a therapist, but only do so if they are properly supervised. Speak to the clinic to ask whether your insurance company is acceptable. If they do not work together, then you can always decide to pay for it yourself. However, it would be a good idea to find out why your insurance company isn’t happy about working with that company. It is a possibility, for instance, that there have been some bad experiences with the clinic in the past. It could take you a little while to find the best clinic for you, but this is time you need to spend. Make sure you actually go and visit the clinic if you can, just to see what the facilities are like. Try to have a consultation with your therapist to see whether you can build up a good working relationship. Always try to find reviews from previous patients as well. You can find reviews by talking to people in your community, or by going online. Naturally, should you really be unable to find someone that meets your needs, you could ask your regular physician for a referral. You do have to be aware, however, that this could mean being referred to someone you don’t really like. This could mean your recovery process is slower than it could be as well.