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What is Direct Access?

Direct Access is an important philosophy at Professional Physical Therapy, and it’s relatively simple. It means that patients have direct access to physical therapy services without a prescription to receive physical therapy services. When patients have direct access to their physical therapists, they are able to reap a variety of benefits that aren’t as easy to come by when referrals are required.

In our experience, Direct Access improves the relationship between both patients and therapists, and makes collaboration with other healthcare providers much smoother and easier. Also, since early physical therapy has many proven benefits, Direct Access makes it easier to receive care in a timely fashion, reducing the risks associated with prolonging treatment of your condition. Since referrals require a physician’s visit, which often come with a co-pay, Direct Access saves both you and your insurance company money. By eliminating the unnecessary step of procuring a referral, we are also eliminating frustrating barriers that get in the way of the therapy you need.

You can begin treatment right away!

You may come directly to your Physical Therapist and receive an evaluation and treatment for any musculoskeletal injury. Your “Professional” Physical Therapists can treat that acute or chronic shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, neck, back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot injury right now!

Upon completion of your Physical Therapy evaluation, we will determine your treatment plan. If further diagnostic tools (e.g., x-ray, MRI, etc.) are needed to ensure proper care, Professional will communicate our findings with the physician of your choice.

Patient focused physical therapy services

Complete this short form and our patient care coordinators will reach out to schedule an appointment at your convenience. We will work in effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness before, during and after therapy.

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New York

A patient may access physical therapy for evaluation and treatment for up to 10 visits or 30 days, whichever comes first, without a prescription.* *Some restrictions apply.

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New Jersey

A patient may access physical therapy without a prescription*, but 30 days after the first treatment, a physical therapist must inform the patient’s licensed health care provider of record (and if there is no provider of record, the physical therapist must recommend that the patient consult with a licensed health care provider). *Some restrictions apply.

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A patient may access physical therapy without a prescription*, but a patient shall be referred to another licensed health care practitioner if the patient’s condition does not improve within 30 days or 6 visits, whichever is earlier. *Some restrictions apply.

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A patient may access physical therapy without a prescription*, but if physical therapy is not advisable for the specific situation, the physical therapist must refer the patient to another health care provider. *Some restrictions apply.

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New Hampshire

A patient may access physical therapy without a prescription*, but the physical therapist must refer the patient if there is no improvement within 25 days after the first treatment or if physical therapy is not advisable. *Some restrictions apply.

Who is eligible to be seen via Direct Access?

Any person in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut is eligible to be seen directly by a Physical Therapist.

Should I use Direct Access, or see my Physician first?

Our goal is to help ensure that each of our patients receives the highest quality of Physical Therapy care available. Direct Access enables you to receive treatment right away. If for any reason, you feel that you require an evaluation by your doctor first, Professional encourages you to do so.

Does Insurance cover my Physical Therapy through Direct Access?

It depends on your insurance provider and coverage. Professional Physical Therapy will be happy to verify your benefits for you. Just call any one of our offices and speak to a representative.

Insurances We Accept

Below is a condensed list of insurances we participate with throughout our network of physical therapy clinics.  Find your particular provider below based on your area.
For a complete listing of all insurance providers and individual plans by name: CLICK HERE FOR OUR FULL INSURANCE PAGE.


New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

  • Aetna (NY, NJ, CT)
  • AmeriHealth (NJ)
  • Anthem BCBS (CT)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Cigna/ASH (NY, NJ, CT)
  • CIGNA - Medicare (NY, NJ)
  • Claims Resolution Corp (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ClearComp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ)
  • Clover Health Medicare Advantage (NJ)
  • Comp X (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • ConnectiCare (CT)
  • Department of Labor (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Empire BCBS (Individual Providers In Network – NY)
  • Empire Plan MPN (UHC – NY, NJ)
  • Fidelis Wellcare (NJ)
  • First MCO (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • GHI (Emblem Health – NY, NJ, CT)
  • HIP (Emblem Health – NY)
  • Horizon BCBS (NJ)
  • Horizon Casualty (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • Independence BCBS (Southern NJ)
  • Magna Care (NY, NJ, CT)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • Medicare (NY, NJ, CT)
  • MedRisk (Workers' Compensation – NY, NJ, CT)
  • MultiPlan (NY, NJ, CT)
  • New Jersey Manufacturers (NJM - Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Northwell Health Clinical Integration Network IPA (NY)
  • OccuNet (NJ)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT
  • Oscar Health Plan (NY, NJ)
  • Oxford (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Providers Edge Scheduling Group/PESG (Workers' Compensation - NJ)
  • QualCare (NJ)
  • Qual-Lynx (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation - NY, NJ, CT)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – NJ)
  • United Health Care (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • VACCN (Optum - NY, NJ, CT)
  • WellCare (NY)
  • Workers' Compensation (Various Carriers)

Massachusetts, New Hampshire

  • Aetna (MA, NH)
  • Ambetter/NH Healthy Families (NH)
  • Amerihealth Caritas (effective date 4/27/2020 - NH)
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (NH)
  • Bardavon (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • BCBS Massachusetts (MA)
  • CeltiCare (MA)
  • Cigna/ASH (NH)
  • Commonwealth Care Alliance (MA)
  • Fallon Health (MA)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (MA, NH)
  • Health New England (MA)
  • MaineCare (NH)
  • Magna Care (MA, NH)
  • Magna Comp (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Martin’s Point Health Care (NH)
  • Mass General Brigham Health (Formerly AllWays Health Partners)
  • Massachusetts Health (Medicaid – MA)
  • Medicaid (MA, NH)
  • Medicare (MA, NH)
  • Med Risk (Workers' Compensation – MA)
  • ML Healthcare (NF – MA, NH)
  • No Fault (Various Carriers)
  • Omni Healthcare (MVA Lien – MA, NH)
  • One Call (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • SPNET (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Streamline (Workers' Compensation – MA, NH)
  • Tufts Cigna (MA)
  • Tufts Health Plan (MA, NH)
  • Tufts Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Tufts Public (Medicaid – MA)
  • UniCare (MA)
  • United Health Care (Optum – MA, NH)
  • WellSense Health (Formerly BMC – Boston Medical Center – MA)
  • Workers’ Compensation (Various Carriers)

We will work in an effective way to get you back on your feet, focused on your wellness during and after therapy.