Sometimes, the condition that prompts you to seek physical therapy has been a slow burn for years. You may not want to visit a physician to get a referral for physical therapy treatment, or maybe you have a high deductible on your insurance plan and just want to pay “cash” for a handful of treatments. Either way, you know you want to take control of your health, improve the condition that is causing you discomfort, and get back to the activities you love. We are here to help you advocate for your own health with a self-referral to Optivus. Keep reading to find out how to get started!
How to Self-Refer
It’s easy. Once you decide to take control of your health, give our clinic a call at 507-625-8017 to discuss your options. If it sounds like your condition can be successfully assessed and treated in a handful of physical therapy sessions, we can go ahead and book an appointment. If in our discussion, it appears that you might need physician intervention as well as physical therapy treatment, we will discuss your options based on that approach. We strive to help our patients recover and will always be truthful about the best plan to achieve that recovery.
Also, some insurance plans do cover self-referrals. To find out if yours does, call your insurance company’s customer support number to find out whether a self-referral would be covered. The customer service phone number for your insurance company can be found on your insurance card. You will want to ask for “Benefits” when prompted and will have to provide your Member Identification Number or Plan Number, which can also be found on the insurance card.
In Minnesota, we have a 90-day limit for treatment of patients who come to the clinic on a self-referral for physical therapy treatment (RunnersConnect). As medical providers, we need to ensure that our patients receive the best care to treat their unique conditions. This 90-day limit is protection for patients to ensure that they receive an honest physical therapy assessment and care from their Physical Therapist. If the condition cannot be treated and significantly improved within the 90-day window, this particular case would likely benefit from physician intervention.
What We Can Accomplish
Let’s look at a hypothetical case to illustrate what we can accomplish with a self-referral case. Dave has been running for 20-years and for the past 2-months, he has been experiencing discomfort in his right knee while running. This discomfort isn’t new; it tends to pop-up every few years, but it typically goes away within a few weeks. At the age of 54, Dave realizes that this discomfort isn’t going to go away on its own this time, so he decides to seek physical therapy care to help with his recovery. Through his personalized physical therapy plan, Dave and his Physical Therapist are able to develop a 6-week treatment plan that will help Dave to strengthen and protect his knee, while also ensuring that he practices proper form while running.
This hypothetical case is just an example of how and why someone might decide to self-refer for physical therapy treatment. If this resonates with you, we would love to connect! Reach out to us today to get started.