NBC NIGHTLY NEWS.2-SYDNEY: TEXAS JOINS MORE THAN THREE DOZEN OTHER STATES THAT NO LONGER REQUIRE A PHYSICIAN’S REFERRAL BEFORE SEEING A PHYSICAL THERAPIST.2-ROBERT: KXAN’S STEFFI LEE SHOWS US WHY EXPERTS SAY THIS NEW DIRECT ACCESS LAW – WILL HELP PATIENTS GET THE CARE THEY NEED – FASTER…DR. DAVID TEUSCHER 09:05 “IF YOU’VE SPRAINED A KNEE – STRAINED A BACK…” STEFFI: SOMETIMES – THE ACHES AND PAINS – JUST NEED SOME EXTRA ATTENTION.KERI JACKSON 01:03 “IF YOU HAVE A KIDDO PLAYING SOCCER ON SATURDAY AND SPRAINS THEIR ANKLE – (CUT) – OR A RUNNER WITH SOME KNEE PAIN.” STEFFI: TEXAS’ NEW LAW ALLOWS PATIENTS TO SEE PHYSICAL THERAPISTS WITH A DOCTORAL DEGREE FOR UP TO 10 DAYS WITHOUT A DOCTOR’S ORDERS. SAMANTHA PITTSFORD, AUSTIN SPORTS MEDICINE 01:09 “WHAT IT MEANS IS WE CAN GET THE PATIENTS FOOT IN THE DOOR SOONER.” STEFFI: IF THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST HAS A DOCTORAL DEGREE AND COMPLETED A RESIDENCY – THAT LIMIT GOES UP TO 15 DAYS. KERI JACKSON 04:34 “EARLIER TREATMENT FOR MUSCULAR SKELETAL INJURIES LEADS TO LESS PAIN, EARLIER HEALING AND A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR TEXANS.”DR. DAVID TEUSCHER 09:37 “IF YOU DON’T GET BETTER – YOU NEED TO SEE A PHYSICIAN.” STEFFI: A PHYSICIAN LIKE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON DR. DAVID TEUSCHER, WHO SAYS THIS NEW LAW EMPHASIZES A COMBINED EFFORT. DR. DAVID TEUSCHER 11:41 “THEY MAY ACTUALLY GO BACK TO PHYSICAL THERAPY BUT THEY’LL GO BACK WITH THE ASSURANCE THAT THEY HAVE A DIAGNOSIS – THEY HAVE HAD AN XRAY – THEY KNOW THEY DON’T HAVE A HAIRLINE FRACTURE – THEY KNOW THEY DON’T HAVE A DISLOCATED JOINT – AND PHYSICAL THERAPY IS THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR THEM.” SAMANTHA PITTSFORD 03:44 “I ALSO THINK THAT PRACTITIONERS BECOME BETTER CLINICIANS WHEN YOU LEARN FROM EACH OTHER’S VARIED APPROACHES. I KNOW I’M A BETTER THERAPIST HAVING WORKED UNDER PHYSICIANS WITH THEIR SPECIALITIES.” DR. DAVID TEUSCHER 09:22 “WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM – IT’S REALLY A TEAM PRACTICE.”STEFFI LEE KXAN NEWS SYDNEY:YOU SHOULD STILL DOUBLE CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE TO MAKE SURE IT COVERS A PHYSICAL THERAPIST’S TREATMENT WITHOUT