Everyone knows that when you have aches and pains, you should not let it fester but see a good physical therapist (PT) right away! ‘Well don’t I have to see a Physician first’? Nope, Florida is one of 28 states that allow direct patient access to PT. However; you need to get a physician prescription if your treatment plan exceeds 30 days here in Florida.
Well, what about COVID-19? PT is deemed ‘an essential service’ in every State and was never shut down.  With proper disinfection, social distancing, and preventative methods (masks and gloves) for both patient and therapist, PT is a safe environment for a speedy recovery! 
Keep the ball rolling! Do not let yourself regress if you have started therapy, or have stopped for whatever reason. A typical injury or episode of pain requires 6-12 weeks of therapy. Physiological muscle strengthening takes 6-8 weeks. Even if your pain goes away, 90% of people who resolve their back pain, re-injure without therapy.
If you are an existing patient, and cannot make it in to our Physical Therapy office, you can still see a therapist through Telehealth; obviously, it cannot replace hands-on treatment, but even over the computer or telephone, a PT can give direction for self-manual treatment and prescribe an exercise program.
Check your insurance or give us a call at (305) 595-9425, to see if your plan requires a doctor’s prescription or allows telehealth services.
By Dr. Michael Minder PT, DPT, Kine BSc.
Physical Therapist at Orthopedic Rehabilitation Specialists
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