Apta_logoToday, Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, signed HB 1034, granting direct access to evaluation and treatment by a physical therapist in Indiana. This is an important milestone for the APTA, with Indiana becoming the 50th state (plus Washington DC) that ensures a patient’s freedom of choice as to which healthcare professional to see and when. As the term direct access implies, no physician’s referral is required to obtain care.  However, stipulations of Indian’s bill require a referral after 24 days and for treatments that include spinal manipulation or sharp debridement.

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Abby serves as the Injury Expert for CBS New York where, since 2010, her Injury Breakdown Blog examines injuries in professional sports. She also blogs on health & fitness as well as sports injuries for Huffington Post, and Recovery Physical Therapy.com, where her blog earned a top ten mention for physical therapy blogs in 2012 @ WorldWideLearn.com. In a ranking of the Top 30 Healthcare Blogs for 2012, Top Masters in Healthcare also rated Abby’s blog in the top three in Physical Therapy! Abby is the founder of Fit-Screen and she welcomes your comments and questions!