Direct Access

Our physical therapists are Direct Access Certified in Virginia.

What Does It Mean?

Direct Access refers to the ability of patients to be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without being referred by a doctor or other healthcare practitioner.

If an individual feels they have a problem that may benefit from the skilled services of a physical therapist, they can “refer themselves” for treatment.

Why Is It Important?

Healthcare is expensive and direct access can be a cost savings by eliminating other physician office visit fees by coming directly to physical therapy for evaluation and treatment.

You can begin treatment quicker / get relief faster by coming directly to us vs. waiting to get in to see a doctor who then in turn would refer you to physical therapy, a process that can often take at least 7-10 days, time you could have spent getting much needed relief and on the road back to your daily activities.

Insurance will still pay for treatment. Patient responsibility – i.e. copays, deductibles, etc. – associated with care is the same as if you had come to us with a prescription.

Will My Doctor Know I Received Care?

Absolutely. Chiron always keeps your medical doctor informed of your care by forwarding a copy of our evaluation notes, planned course of treatment and progress notes

We do this for everyone whether you come to us via direct access (self-referral) or come to us with a prescription from your doctor.

In addition, Chiron will IMMEDIATELY refer you to a physician if our evaluation determines there is a more significant problem. Unfortunately (or fortunately), over our decades-long experience we have had individuals come to us with pain that when we referred them back to their physician something more serious was discovered.

In Virginia, you have the right to choose where you seek physical therapy care. Doctors may make suggestions but they cannot dictate your place of treatment. You always have control of your medical decisions. Choose where you feel most comfortable, are treated as an individual (not a number) and receive Quality Care.