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According to Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness, Awareness Still Low for Law that Allows People to go Directly to a Physical Therapist without a Doctor's Prescription
Date:9/25/2009

A law called Direct Access, recognized in 42 states, gives consumers control over healthcare costs, saving time and money

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 25, 2009 -- Observations from Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness, an out-patient physical therapy clinic with eight locations throughout the Philadelphia region, indicate that awareness levels for Direct Access, a law that allows people with insurance to be evaluated and treated by a certified physical therapist without first obtaining a prescription from a physician, are still very low.

"Unfortunately local governments are not pushing the initiative, which has the potential to decrease insurance costs, lessen the burden on referring physicians and get patients the treatment they need quicker," said Jeff Ostrowski, president of Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness.

"Early intervention is crucial to healing many injuries. Too often we see patients who have been dealing with injuries for days or even weeks before they come into our care. Unfortunately most knew ahead of time that they needed physical therapy, but didn't realize they can come to use directly," said Valerie Brill, clinic manager at Excel Physical Therapy and Fitness.    

Individuals with common ailments such as back and neck pain, tendonitis, arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as athletes who find themselves with common training injuries are perfect candidates to take advantage of Direct Access.

Hank Page, an Ironman competitor, found himself with both an IT Band injury and sciatic nerve pain while training for his second Ironman competition. After learning about Direct Access to physical therapy from a friend, he was able to see a physical therapist the next day.

"Using the Direct Access law I was able to see a physical therapist right away, which allowed me to star
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