Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy?
Another question we commonly receive is, “do I need a referral from my physician to see a Physical Therapist?”. The answer to this is similar to our answer about whether you need imaging before coming to Physical Therapy. Legally, no, in the state of Ohio you do not need a referral from a physician to see a Physical Therapist. We are trained as musculoskeletal primary care providers and are able to assess your pain, posture, and movement patterns. We are also trained to screen for possible non-musculoskeletal causes of your symptoms in order to refer you to the best provider to help you.
If you have had a traumatic injury, we would like you to see a physician and likely have imaging completed prior to coming to Physical Therapy. However, if you have an onset of symptoms without a traumatic injury, rather than waiting for an appointment with your physician, having imaging, and following up with your physician to review the imaging to then be sent to Physical Therapy, you can save yourself a lot of time and money by seeing a Physical Therapist first. If you are not improving with Physical Therapy treatments within one month, your Physical Therapist will refer you on to a proper provider for further investigation.