Direct Access

What is Direct Access?

In June of 2019, the State of Texas passed House Bill 29 (HB29), which allows you to receive physical therapy treatments in Texas without a referral from your physician. Previously, physical therapists could only provide an initial evaluation until a referral was obtained.

Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation is excited to offer "Treatment without a Referral" at our outpatient therapy centers. There are restrictions that may limit which therapists can treat without a referral, as well as other limits that may vary specific to age, diagnosis or insurance coverage. For a complete list of restrictions and qualifications, please see State of Texas HB29

What About Your Physician?

Many people with non-surgical or non-debilitating issues such as sprains, strains, minor pains and soreness may find relief with the course of treatment provided during the time allotted for Direct Access services. Your Baylor Scott & White Rehab physical therapist may recommend that you follow up with your physician or other licensed healthcare professional depending on your diagnosis, or if a prescription is required for additional therapy sessions.


Direct Access May Help You
  • Expedite physical therapy treatment
  • Save time
  • Save money
  • Avoid opioids
  • Prevent surgery
Not Eligible For Direct Access
  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy that will require a more extensive treatment plan
  • Specialized rehab programs

Why We're Excited About Direct Access

Our licensed physical therapists are professionally trained in musculoskeletal evaluations and manual therapy. In many cases, we may be able to provide relief for minor acute injuries such as a strained back or ankle, or even long-term aches and pains like tennis elbow or low-back pain without the additional costs of office visits, x-rays and potentially addictive pain medications.

To find out more about Direct Access and how physical therapy can help get you back to living your best life, call us at 888.722.9567 or email [email protected].