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

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

Oregon is one of 18 states that allow patients total, unrestricted access to a physical therapist. According to state law, no type of physician referral is required for a physical therapist to evaluate or treat a patient via direct access physical therapy in Oregon. However, keep the following in mind:

Even with direct access to physical therapy in Oregon, the PT must refer the patient to an appropriate healthcare professional if the person presents symptoms:

That require treatment or diagnosis from a physician;

For which direct access physical therapy in Oregon is contraindicated; or

For which care is beyond the scope of practice or education of a physical therapist.


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

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