Try Physical Therapy First! – Direct Access Improves Outcomes and SAVES MONEY

By Dr. John R. Mishock, PT, DPT, DC

Studies show that seeing a physical therapist first through direct access can: improve musculoskeletal pain faster; reduce or remove the need for some types of musculoskeletal surgery; reduce opioid use; improve patient satisfaction; reduce expensive medical testing; and help patients get needed treatment faster. (Physical Therapy, 2017)

For example, the cost associated with early referrals to physical therapy for low back pain was approximately 50% less expensive than for those not receiving physical therapy at all. It was estimated if low back patients were seen in physical therapy within 3 days of the onset of low back pain it would save the US economy >$7.2 billion per year. (Physical therapy, 2018)

Physical therapists are doctorate-trained health care providers who can make a diagnosis and treat pain, improve function, and enhance your quality of life. With direct access, getting the help you need has never been easier. Direct access is a law that allows you to seek care from your physical therapist without a physician referral. This means you can call us directly for injury, pain, or loss of function and be evaluated and treated all on the same day. We at Mishock Physical Therapy & Associates can be your first stop for any aches, pains, or injuries that are impairing your quality of life.

In some cases, your insurance provider may require a physician referral before they cover your cost. That’s no problem. We can recommend you to a trusted physician or specialist before continuing your care. We have relationships with many local physicians and may be able to get an appointment for you sooner than if you went on your own.

As physical therapists, our goals have always been to get people out of pain and back into the activities they enjoy most. So the next time you have an injury, pain, stiffness, or weakness that you want to be evaluated, come see Mishock Physical Therapy first. We can evaluate your pain, help you feel better faster. We can’t wait for you to experience the benefits of direct access through Mishock Physical Therapy!

*Direct Access does not apply to patients in federal or state-funded programs, such as Medicare, Medicaid, or Tricare.

We can help!

If pain or limited function keeps you from doing the activities you enjoy, call Mishock Physical Therapy for a Free Phone Consultation (610)327-2600.

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Visit our website to REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT, learn more about our treatment philosophy, and meet our physical therapy staff.

LOCATIONS: Gilbertsville, Skippack, Phoenixville, Boyertown, Steiner Medical, Pottstown, and Limerick, (inside the Spring Valley YMCA)

Dr. John Mishock is one of only a few clinicians with doctorate-level degrees in both physical therapy and chiropractic in the state of Pennsylvania.

He has also authored two books; “Fundamental Training Principles: Essential Knowledge for Building the Elite Athlete”, “The Rubber Arm; Using Science to Increase Pitch Control, Improve Velocity, and Prevent Elbow and Shoulder Injury” both can be bought on Amazon.

New patient scheduling: 610-327-2600