Today’s physical therapists are front line providers for evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. Such injuries may occur from sports and recreational activities, overuse, or in some cases under use, and could lead to the impediment of functional mobility, physical fitness and wellness. New Jersey and forty six other states allow direct access for patients to physical therapy. Physical therapists are well-qualified, both through formal education and clinical training, to evaluate a patient’s condition, assess his or her physical therapy needs and, if appropriate, safely and effectively treat the patient. Physical therapists are also well-qualified to recognize when patients demonstrate conditions, signs and symptoms that should be evaluated by a physician or other health care professional before therapy is instituted.