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Physical therapist access bill now law

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Physical Therapist Michelle Landry, standing, demonstrates an exercise with Kimber Knotts, a physical therapist technician. Landry cues Knotts to engage her abdominal muscles. Michelle Bates/Press-Herald

Consumers now have direct access to physical therapists under a bill signed into law by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

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Michelle Landry, a physical therapist at Performance Physical Therapy, says instead of having to get a referral from a specialist or general practitioners, patients who feel they need physical therapy now have direct access.

“Previously in Louisiana, until this bill was passed, a physical therapist could evaluate a patient, but not treat a patient,” she said. “We could evaluate a patient to see if they qualified for physical therapy services, but in

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