Direct Access

Bellin Health Sports Medicine physical therapy provides Direct Access to patients between the ages of 18 and 59. Direct Access is, a legal provision in Wisconsin that allows a licensed physical therapist to evaluate and treat a patient without obtaining a prescription or a referral from a physician.

Advantages of Direct Access

Direct Access decreases the waiting time for patients to receive physical therapy services. When appropriate, the patient can schedule an appointment directly, without the need of a physician referral or prescription. Bellin Therapists are trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions. They screen patients to guide the most appropriate care and will refer to the primary care physician if deemed necessary.

Communication with Primary Care Physicians

In addition to entering the patient’s information into their medical record, a therapy note or letter is sent to the patient’s primary care provider.

Insurance Coverage

Coverage for Direct Access is specific to the individual’s insurance policy. Prior to making your appointment, contact your insurance company to confirm your benefits.

You will need a referral if you have:

  1. Medicare
  2. Medical Assistance
  3. Workers compensation
  4. You are younger than 18 or 60 years or older
  5. Patients requiring treatment for the following conditions:
  • Abnormal tone disorder
  • ALS
  • Balance/fall/Vestibular disorder
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Guillian-Barre syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Hemiplegia
  • Incontinence
  • Lymphedema
  • Motor Vehicle Injury
  • Multiple Schlerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Osteopenia or Osteoporosis
  • Paraplegia
  • Parkinson’s Disesase
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Radiculopathy (sensation disorders)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury