Hey PTs, you live in a direct access state.

That’s right: as of 2015, all 50 states are direct access states. That means patients across the entire US have the power to choose which physical therapist they want to see—and they can do so without obtaining a physician referral beforehand.

But, there’s one caveat: each state has its own unique set of direct access laws, which are frequently adjusted and updated—and they’re usually encrypted in all kinds of complicated legalese. With that in mind, we here at WebPT went through all of the legal mumbo jumbo and condensed it into this comprehensive, easy-to-read guide. The best part: It’s available to you at absolutely no cost.

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