Physical Therapy

Rehabilitation is a critical part of recovery and can make all the difference for proper healing. That's why Mid-America Orthopedics Kansas City patients have the option to complete their entire physical therapy regimen within our offices. There's no additional scheduling or billing as we provide exceptional physical therapy as part of our single-destination care. The other advantage this provides our patients is better overall recovery as our surgeons and therapist work hand-in-hand.

Trained by nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists who are dedicated to current research-based surgery and rehabilitation techniques, our dedicated physical therapist has the ability to evaluate orthopedic injuries, recognize specific pathology of the knee and shoulder, and follow national standards for rehabilitation protocols per pioneering leaders in the field of physical therapy.

Advanced Certifications and Credentials
Brent Melroy is the highly trained, broadly specialized leader of our KC Physical Therapy Department. Brent’s passion to provide the highest quality of care possible has led him to pursue extensive training. As of 2017, he is 1 of only 14 Manual Therapy Fellows in the state of Kansas and is the only dual Fellowship trained Physical Therapist in Kansas. Brent is an APTA accredited Manual Therapy Fellow as well as a Fellow of Movement Science.  Additionally, Brent holds four orthopedic specialty certifications: Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, Therapeutic Pain Specialist, Special Population Specialist, and Strength and Condition Specialist Certification. Brent leverages his advanced clinical knowledge, experience, and skill to create specific therapy treatment customized to each patient’s individualized needs so that improved and sustainable outcomes are achieved.

Specialized Expertise
Mid-America Orthopedics KC is unwavering in our commitment to offer the most advanced outpatient rehabilitation. Our Physical Therapy department is experienced in treating a wide variety of orthopedic needs, such as orthopedic care of the shoulder, knee, foot, and ankle as well as sports rehabilitation and spinal injuries, including the neck and lower back. Additionally, Mid-America Orthopedics KC utilizes our workers compensation knowledge so that under our expert care, injured workers can experience a smoother transition back to work.

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Direct Access

Direct access is the ability to see a healthcare provider directly without first having to go to see a family or primary care physician for a referral.   At MAO, we have direct access, which means that by law, no referral is required for us to evaluate and provide physical therapy treatments to our patients.


Our expert physical therapists possess the clinical expertise and knowledge to provide a physical therapy diagnosis and an accurate prognosis to determine whether you will benefit from skilled physical therapy interventions.  If we determine that physical therapy will not improve your condition, we will refer you to one of our orthopedic physicians in our practice or to the appropriate medical provider.


Direct access to physical therapy is a more recent trend in the US, however international physical therapist have successfully managed direct access patients for years.  Research articles indicate direct access is a successful and effective physical therapy model.

One research article/systematic review compared direct access to typical referral based physical therapy of 62,707 cases in which direct access care model provided superior outcomes as well as an overall decrease in the total number of physical therapy visits, imaging orders, medications prescribed, and non-physical therapy provider appointment attended. 

The article concluded that direct-access physical therapy is associated with improved patient outcomes and a decrease in costs when compared to the referred care model and that “it may contain healthcare cost and promote high-quality health care.  Third party payers should consider paying for physical therapy by direct access to decrease health care cost and incentivized optimal patient outcomes.”


Although, by law, we have direct access in Kansas, some insurance plans may still require obtaining a physician's referral before beginning physical therapy.  If you do not have insurance or are not interested in having a claim submitted to your insurance, we offer flexible self-pay options without a referral.


If you have questions about direct access, please call our Leawood office at 913-232-9846.