CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Those with an ache or pain who need medical help can skip the doctor thanks to a new law.
Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law which allows people to go straight to a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral.
In a study with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, by having direct access, there’s a 90% reduction in opioid use. It’s because going straight to a physical therapist means skipping the doctor and his prescription of pain meds to treat the problem.
The regional director of Athletico recommends anytime you wake up with something wrong, you should go see a physical therapist for a free assessment.
Harbour says, if for some reason, they don’t think physical therapy will work, they’ll refer you to a doctor. They say it’s cheaper and saves time.