Direct Access to Physical Therapy in North Carolina
North Carolina has had direct access since 1985 when the Practice Act was revised in 1985 by the NC General Assembly. Direct Access allows you to receive physical therapy services without first having to obtain a referral from a physician or other healthcare provider. The only exception to this is if your insurance company requires a referral. So it’s a good idea to check with your insurance carrier before making an appointment with us to make sure you don’t need a physician’s referral.
Physical therapy does not include the application of roentgen rays or radioactive materials, surgery, manipulation of the spine unless prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina, or medical diagnosis of disease. Your physical therapist must refer you to a physician if your needs are beyond the scope of services which a physical therapist can provide.