EUREKA, MO (PRWEB) September 17, 2012
The Sports and Physical Therapy Center in Eureka, Missouri, is empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their healthcare with a new educational campaign: “It’s Your Choice.” The campaign is designed to inform patients that they may work with any healthcare provider of their choosing, even if a specific practitioner is listed on their prescription. The clinic is undertaking this initiative to help patients understand their rights, since Missouri law currently does not allow direct access to physical therapy. Key elements of the campaign include literature outlining patients’ rights, as well as informational seminars, which will be open to the public and held at the clinic’s location at 322 North Central Ave. in Eureka.
In certain states, including Missouri, and under many insurance plans, primary care physicians serve in a gatekeeper role. When patients need specialized care, their doctor will provide a prescription or referral for those services – whether it’s seeing a heart specialist, getting an MRI or mammogram, or undergoing physical therapy treatment. For example, a patient may receive a physical therapy referral if they are recovering from an accident, injury, surgery, or major illness; if they are experiencing chronic pain or limited mobility; or if they are looking to build strength and flexibility, and minimize the risk of future injury.
Once the physician determines the best course of treatment, he or she will write a prescription for those services. Some doctors leave it to the patient to select a healthcare provider, based on which practitioners are in-network and have hours and/or locations that are convenient for the patient. Others may direct patients to see a particular specialist or practice; they might have a partnership with the recommended provider, or may even have a financial interest in the practice or clinic. However, patients are not obligated to use the facility or practitioner recommended by their doctor. In all cases, it is always a patient’s choice.
"We want to people to know that they are, and always have been, entitled to choose their own physical therapy provider," says Sean Quinn, owner of Sports and Physical Therapy Center. "Our new 'It's Your Choice' campaign will help us spread the word that patients are not limited to a physician's recommendation. Choosing a location for physical therapy does not have to be difficult, but it is a very important decision - one that we think is best made by the patient. Our goal is to help people make the best, most informed decision that they can. After all, making good healthcare choices is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle. We encourage our St. Louis residents to come by, or call and speak with our highly qualified staff if they have any questions about physical therapy treatment."
The informational seminars and literature will highlight the fact that as long as patients have a prescription for physical therapy, they may choose where to go to receive treatment. In addition, patients will learn how to choose the physical therapist who best fits their needs.
To learn more about the Sports and Physical Therapy Center, visit http://www.ptstl.com. To inquire about the center’s “It’s Your Choice” campaign and informational seminars, call 636-938-4065 or visit the office at 322 North Central Ave.
About the Sports and Physical Therapy Center
Located in Eureka, Missouri, the Sports and Physical Therapy Center was founded in 2004 and serves patients in the greater St. Louis area. Owner Sean Quinn is a licensed Physical Therapist in Missouri as well as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He holds a master’s degree in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University, and specializes in manual therapy techniques, orthopedics and sports medicine. Quinn worked in outpatient physical therapy clinics for several years before establishing his own practice. Today, the center employs a team of highly skilled physical therapists and a personal trainer, as well as dedicated finance, customer care and administrative staff. For more information, visit http://www.ptstl.com or call 636-938-4065.