No! Alaska is one of the “direct access” states for physical therapy, meaning anyone can refer themselves to a physical therapist without a referral from their physician. Our team is trained in differential diagnosis and will refer to a licensed practitioner/physician if symptoms are present where physical therapy is not appropriate or when symptoms are outside the scope of physical therapy practice.
*If you plan to file a self claim in order to receive reimbursement, your insurance provider may require you to have a referral or a prescription for physical therapy services to be covered. It is the patient’s responsibility to be educated in their insurance based requirements for covered care.