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Direct Access makes self-referral for physical therapy easy in Rhode Island.

Here are the Direct Access laws in Rhode Island, as described by the American Physical Therapy Association:

Rhode Island is one of 26 states that allow patients direct access to physical therapy with some provisions.

Treatment under direct access physical therapy in Rhode Island may be administered with the following conditions:

The PT must provide a written disclosure to the patient indicating the scope and limitations of physical therapy, and the therapist shall obtain the patient’s written consent to direct access for physical therapy in Rhode Island.

A physical therapist in Rhode Island must refer the patient to an appropriate healthcare provider within 90 days of the first treatment day.

Any PT who accepts direct access physical therapy patients in Rhode Island must have at least one year of clinical experience.


Direct Access lets you self-refer for physical therapy. No prescription required.