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2.3. More About Your Team Members: Physician or Doctor

More About Your Team Members: Physician or Doctor

  • The who, when, and what of your doctor's role in your wheelchair team
  • Downloadable version of this overview available below

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Physician or Doctor Overview


Who

Your first wheelchair team member will be your physician or doctor.

The doctor you schedule your first meeting with about getting a wheelchair may be a general practitioner (example: Primary Care Physician) or a specialist (examples: Physiatrist, Neurologist, or Orthopedist).

When

After you have identified your doctor, you must schedule an appointment with them to get a prescription for a wheelchair assessment. When you visit your physician or doctor to discuss your wheelchair needs with him or her, you will begin Step 3: Prescription and Assessment.

What

Your physician or doctor will:

    • Write a prescription for a Wheelchair Evaluation and Assessment
    • Refer you to a clinician or therapist, usually an occupational therapist (OT) or physical therapist (PT), with who will complete your Wheelchair Evaluation and Assessment (or you may choose your own clinician)
    • It is recommended the therapist be certified as anĀ assistive technology professional (ATP) or a seating and mobility specialist (SMS).
    • Pass the responsibility to YOU to make a Wheelchair Evaluation and Assessment appointment
    • Act as your Ordering Physician and co-sign your Letter of Medical Necessity

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