In Arizona, you do not need a referral or prescription to begin physical therapy.
Since 2003, Arizona has granted you the freedom to seek physical therapy without a referral. Also known as Direct Access, House Bill 1229 removed the physician mandate by state law to access physical therapists’ services for evaluation and treatment.
Simply, if you feel you have a problem that may benefit from the skilled services of an AzOPT physical therapist, you are able to refer yourself.
Keep in mind that your insurance policy may require a visit to the primary care physician first or may limit your access to preferred providers only. Our office will happily work with you to determine your specific benefits and requirements. Medicare beneficiaries are able to go directly to physical therapists without a referral or visit to a physician.