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Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy? If so, how do I get one?

stethoscopeAlthough laws in most states allow you to receive physical therapy services without a
referral from a medical provider, some insurances require a referral for an evaluation
and/or treatment. It is recommended you call your insurance company to verify their
requirements as well as what your state laws allow before participating in therapy.

If a referral is needed, speak with your medical provider who is familiar with your
symptoms. In addition to physical therapy, medical diagnostic tests (bloodwork, imaging, etc.) and other treatment options may be recommended. A referral to physical therapy must be signed and shared either on paper or electronically by your medical provider (i.e. physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner), who specializes in family or internal medicine, urology, OB/GYN or urogynecology.

If you are unsure if physical therapy (PT) is right for you, participating in an evaluation
can provide you some answers. PT is a non-invasive, conservative approach to many
ailments and is typically recommended as an early option. Examinations provided by a
physical therapist involve discussing your concerns and assessing strength, motion,
posture, breathing and movement patterns. Based on the examination findings, a
physical therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan for you based on your
goals. Treatments may include exercise, hands-on techniques, non-medication pain
management options and education regarding lifestyle and long-term healing. In cases where physical therapy does not fully resolve your symptoms, returning to your medical provider to discuss further options for your care may be necessary.

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Section on Women's Health
Section on Women's Health
Section on Women’s Health-American Physical Therapy Association (SoWH) is a professional association of more than 3,000 physical therapists. Members provide the latest evidence-based physical therapy services to everyone from childbearing women to peri-menopausal mothers, young athletes to men with incontinence or other pelvic health complications. To learn more, visit www.womenshealthpata.org.

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Do I need a referral for Physical Therapy? If so, how do I get one?

Although laws in most states allow you to receive physical therapy services without a referral from a medical provider, some insurances require a referral for an evaluation and/or treatment. It is recommended you call your insurance company to verify their requirements as well as what your state laws allow before participating in therapy.

Bringing Independence and Joy Back Into Our Patients’ Lives

Every year, a group of graduating physical therapy students from Creighton University travel to the Dominican Republic (DR) to provide physical therapy services through the Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC) in a variety of clinical settings, like hospitals, outpatient facilities, an orphanage, in campo (a rural village), and in individuals’ homes. The students provide treatment to their patients with mentorship from their clinical instructors and provide pro bono physical therapy clinics at the ILAC center multiple times per week. They also provide donated durable medical equipment to children and other patients who might not have known they would benefit from it or who may not have had access to it otherwise.  This year, Creighton University sent two board certified women’s health clinical specialist physical therapists (PT) to the DR, Julie Peterson in February with a group of OBGYNs, and Jenna Iberle in April with the physical therapy students as a clinical instructor, in order to provide general and women’s health focused physical therapy to the people of the community.

Section on Women's Health Announces Appointment of Interim Executive Director

Washington, District of Columbia, July 1, 2019 – The Section on Women’s Health (SoWH), an affiliated and independent arm of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), has announced the appointment of Aika Barzhaxynova, the SoWH’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, as Interim Executive Director following the departure of Tamela Blalock from SoWH’s management company, Interel. Tamela has served the association for the past two years and contributed to the development of the SoWH’s new strategic plan.