What is Direct Access?

And how it can benefit you!


At Foothills, we believe that our physical therapists are essential participants in the healthcare system, playing a critical role in the delivery of services that advance the health and well-being of our patients. Access to care and cost containment are important factors in the healthcare delivery system that play into direct access.

Arizona is a jurisdiction that allows, literally, direct access to physical therapy services. This means that you are able to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without a prescription from your physician or healthcare professional. In May 2003, Governor Jane Hull signed House Bill 1229 into law stating that physical therapists no longer needed a referral from their physician to obtain licensed physical therapy services.

The implications of this law change are profound. Physical therapists can now work as an integral member of the health care team and provide a cost-effective access point for patients with a wide variety of medical and musculoskeletal conditions that impact their ability to move and perform functional activities. Many conditions can be successfully evaluated and treated without expensive diagnostic testing. With healthcare costs rising, Foothills is striving to be part of the solution by giving patients rapid access to services, communicating with other healthcare providers involved in the care of the patient, and by providing a continuum of services to meet the needs of the population.

Contact us to schedule a Rapid Recovery® Injury Assessment, a free, no obligation injury assessment by a licensed physical therapist to see if you would benefit from physical therapy services, a home program or a referral to a physician.