|MJ physical therapist offers 'Direct Access'|
|Friday, October 12, 2012|
By SABRINA GARRETT
MT. JULIET -- Every day countless people deal with the pain and discomfort of a sports-related or other kind of injury – when they shouldn’t have to.
Direct Access, a program that allows injured persons to see a physical therapist who has attained a doctorate without a recommendation from their primary care provider, has been in place in Tennessee since 2007. In addition to prompt medical attention, Direct Access reduces healthcare cost and gives the patient the ability to choose their physical therapy provider.
Daniel Bradley, a physical therapist and president of NovaCare Rehabilitation -- a Select Medical company, said that when it comes to treating injuries there is no reason to wait. “If you are injured, you have options. You can go to the emergency room, but I’ve heard complaints of the long wait – or you can call us.”
Bradley visited Mt. Juliet on Tuesday to celebrate the grand opening of their second Select Physical Therapy clinic, which follows Direct Access protocol, in Wilson County.
Bradley, who has worked with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and University of Cincinnati football teams, said that physical therapy is a completely different arena nowadays. In the past, the world of physical therapy was thought of to be reserved for professional and collegiate athletes; however, more and more businesses are appreciating the benefits of physical therapy for workers.
“The economy is tight. If an employee is injured, there is more than just the cost of that person being out,” he explained. “Immediate care helps reduce the length of time someone is out. It returns them that much faster. If someone gets hurt, it really impacts their business.”
Select Physical Therapy has 960 clinics nationwide, including locations in Lebanon and the new location in Mt. Juliet. “We even have five clinics in Alaska,” Senior Business Development Manager Tammy Jowers added. “The same care you can get here – you can get at any of our locations.”