Wyoming is one of six states that allow limited direct patient access to a physical therapist. Before you get treated via direct access physical therapy in Wyoming, keep in mind the following:
A PT may only treat patients seeking direct access to physical therapy in Wyoming with the following provisions:
A physical therapist with a master's degree—or with a bachelor's degree and five years of clinical experience—may initiate treatment for a new or recurring injury without a prescription.
A PT may treat a patient for a chronic or recurring injury or condition without a prescription as long as the patient was previously diagnosed and prescribed physical therapy treatment in Wyoming within the previous year.
Except in emergency situations, a PT cannot initiate direct access physical therapy in Wyoming for children under the age of 12 without a prescription. The exception to this is if the child is to receive PT treatment in accordance with an education program or family services plan.
A PT must refer the patient to a physician when:
The physical therapist believes there are symptoms or conditions present that require services exceeding his or her scope of practice;
Direct access physical therapy treatment in Wyoming is contraindicated; or
The patient has received direct access for physical therapy services in Wyoming without a prescription for 12 visits or 30 days—whichever comes first—and further treatment is necessary.
The exception to this is for patients participating in exercise or fitness programs or receiving PT services under an education program or family services plan.
Direct Access lets you self-refer for physical therapy. No prescription required.