What is Direct Access Physical Therapy?

Direct Access is the freedom to obtain physical therapy services without a prescription from your doctor. In Pennsylvania, direct access allows you to see a certified direct access physical therapist immediately for up to 30 days without a prescription. If you require treatment beyond 30 days, we will be happy to work with you to obtain a prescription from your doctor to continue treatment. Scheduling with one of Vital Step’s certified direct access physical therapists, gives you access to care so you can get the treatment you need, when you need it.


What if my insurance requires a prescription anyway?

Early access to physical therapy for common issues will save costs and get you on the road to recovery quickly. Many insurance companies recognize the benefits of early access to therapy and do not require an initial prescription for coverage. 

However, a select few still require a referral or prescription for coverage. We will inform you if your insurance requires a referral or prescription. Please contact us with any questions you have regarding direct access or physical therapy. Call Vital Step’s direct line at 215-747-7383.