Physical Therapy Direct Access


Sports Rehabilitation at UW Health Research Park: (608) 263-4765

Spine Physical Therapy at UW Health Research Park: (608) 265-3341

Rehabilitation at University Hospital: (608) 263-8060

UW Health at The American Center: (608) 440-6444

Rehabilitation Clinic (Middleton): (608) 263-6540

Yahara Clinic: (608) 890-6110

UW Health physical therapy abides by the regulations of Direct Access, a legal provision in Wisconsin that allows patients to be evaluated and treated by a licensed physical therapist without obtaining a referral or a prescription from a physician.

Advantages of Direct Access


Direct Access provides patients with immediate access to physical therapy services. When appropriate, the patient can schedule an appointment directly, without the need of a physician referral or prescription.


Communication with Primary Care Physicians


Communication with physicians is essential.

  • Patients should maintain ongoing medical care with their physicians.
  • Physical therapy records are entered into patients' medical records. In addition, reports are sent to patients' designated physicians.
  • Patients will be referred to a physician if the physical therapist determines that a patient's condition requires a physician's evaluation.

Physical Therapist Training 

The UW Health physical therapists that provide Direct Access care have extensive training in evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients' conditions. They also screen patients to ensure that physical therapy is the most appropriate method of care.


Insurance Coverage


Determination of coverage is specific to your insurance policy. Contact your insurance company to confirm your benefits. Recipients of Medical Assistance and workers compensation need a referral.