FAQ

Q: HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?
Appointments are often available same week. Please call 208-908-8540 and we’ll get you booked as soon as possible.
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE SESSION LAST?

One hour.

Q: DO I NEED A REFERRAL FROM MY DOCTOR?
In the state of Idaho you do NOT need a Rx to see a physical therapist, but your insurance may require it for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company if you think this may be the case.
Q: WHY DIDN'T THE DOCTOR RECOMMEND SCHROTH-BASED THERAPY FOR ME OR MY CHILD'S SCOLIOSIS?

 Schroth has successfully been used in Europe for the past 50 years as the FIRST line of defense in treating and managing scoliosis, often before bracing. The very first American therapists were trained in this country in 2003. Because of this, the Schroth Method is new to the U.S.A. and many doctors are either unfamiliar with the method, or are not up-to-date on the current research. But this is slowly changing. Boston Children’s Hospital and Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan are among the health-care institutions that now have Schroth therapists in-house.

Q: MY CHILD HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED FOR BRACING FOR HER/HIS SCOLIOSIS. WOULD SCHROTH ALSO BE BENEFICIAL?
Yes! Schroth-specific breathing complements bracing as children are able to achieve a more balanced breathing pattern with bracing and exercise, and Schroth-specific exercises improve postural strength which may improve brace compliance and overall comfort.
Q: CAN I TALK TO A THERAPIST BEFORE I BOOK MY APPOINTMENT?
Of course! Please call 208-908-8540 or email Rita@directptboise.com to schedule a free phone consultation..
Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST VISIT?
You should expect to have a clear understanding of what is going on. Getting the diagnosis right is the most important part of your first visit. When you know what the problem is then a plan can be made, one that may or may not include physical therapy.
Q: WHAT EXACTLY IS "SCHROTH?
The Schroth Method is a nonsurgical option for scoliosis treatment. It uses exercises customized for each patient to return the curved spine to a more natural position. The goal of Schroth exercises is to de-rotate, elongate and stabilize the spine in a three-dimensional plane.
Q: WHAT IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF DOING SCHROTH?
The goal of Schroth is to learn how to best manage your curve with exercises that are tailored to your specific curve. Improved breathing, better postural alignment, and improving muscular strength and symmetry to help support and stabilize the curve are the ultimate goals. It is a way to empower yourself or your child with the tools necessary for lifetime self-management, and to decrease the chance of curve progression.
Q: WHAT SIZE CURVES ARE RECOMMENDED FOR SCHROTH?
Curves that are 15-55 degrees are appropriate for a Schroth-based program.

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