You do NOT need a referral to visit a physical therapist anymore (thanks to recent Direct Access laws). This means you can schedule your first visit today, without adding on another doctor’s appointment in order to do so!
If you are planning to submit for reimbursement from your insurance company, this is when you *may* need a referral from your medical doctor. Some companies require a referral in order to provide reimbursement for your visits, since I am an out-of-network provider. You can find out more about your benefits by calling the number on your insurance card.