Since 1982, Massachusetts has legislated that there are No Restrictions to Access which prevent patients from seeking a physical therapist of their choice.
Massachusetts is one of 18 Direct Access States which gives patients the freedom to choose their own physical therapist.
Please check your insurance plan to determine if a referral or prescription is required from a physician before accessing any Physical Therapy services.
Chapter 112 of the MA General Laws, Sections 23A – 23Q sets the PT Code of Ethics as standard for referral relationships.
Physical therapist will refer to a licensed practitioner of medicine, dentistry or podiatry if symptoms are present of which physical therapist is contraindicated or which symptoms are indicative of conditions for which treatment is outside scope ofphysical therapist practice.
Physical therapist will also provide ongoing communication with the licensed referring practitioner. Physical therapist must disclose to patient any financial interest if the referring source derives income from the physical therapist services. Source