Appointments

Appointments are one on one with a physical therapist typically for 1 hour but may be longer dependent on the complexity of the condition. Scoliosis evaluations will typically be a two-hour appointment which is also our recommendation for ongoing appointments as appropriate for age and endurance.

  • Insurance card or claim information
  • Prescription from your referring provider if required
  • Disc containing x-rays for scoliosis patients
  • Reports of diagnostic tests that are pertinent to your treatment

Comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. We prefer loose shorts if will be performing soft tissue work on the lower body, otherwise flexible pants if we are focusing on movement. For shoulder, neck and upper back problems camisoles or sports bras for women are most appropriate.  Should you forget clothing we do have shorts and gowns available.

In the state of Washington, patients have direct access to physical therapy therefore a referral is not legally required. Most of the insurance networks in which we participate do not require a referral except for workers compensation claims.  We strongly recommend you contact your insurance company prior to your evaluation to confirm the specific requirements of your plan.

We strongly recommend, and may require based on the case, that x-rays be obtained prior to beginning treatment for scoliosis and hyperkyphosis. This provides the necessary information to develop a curve specific treatment program and rule out any contraindications for therapy. We need “Scoliosis View” x-rays. This is an x-ray taken in standing and includes the entire spine from skull to pelvis from both the front and side view.  Your primary care provider or specialist will need to order the test as physical therapists are legally unable.  For adults the x-rays should not be more than two years old, in children ideally not more than six months.  Please obtain a disc of your x-rays prior to your evaluation or you can request the disc be mailed directly to us as long as it will received prior to your first appointment.

We charge a $50 cancellation fee for appointments that are cancelled within 24 hours of the appointment unless there is an emergency or illness. If a two-hour appointment was reserved the fee will be $100.

Insurance

We participate in the following insurance networks:

  •             Aetna
  •             First Choice
  •             Regence BlueShield
  •             Premera Blue Cross
  •             Blue Card Network 
  •             Labor & Industries
  •             MultiPlan
  •             Cigna

Products

Scoliosis Resources

3-Dimensional Brace for Scoliosis  –  Fabricated by Align Clinic, available for measurement and fitting in Bellevue, WA
 
Research Supporting Bracing  –  National Institute of Health 2013 study establishes benefits of bracing in AIS
 
Curvy Girls   A network of peer-led support groups for girls with scoliosis.
 
Higgy Bears  –  Handmade stuffed animals with custom braces made by one scoliosis patient for another.  
 
Schroth Barcelona Institute  The U.S. division of the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School oversees U.S. training and certifications, develops practice standards, and lists all certified physical therapists.
 
S.O.S.O.R.T.    The International Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment
 
Guidelines for Conservative Treatment    S.O.S.O.R.T. 2016 Guidelines for the conservative rehabilitation treatment of idiopathic scoliosis for adolescents.
 
National Scoliosis Foundation    A patient-led, nonprofit organization helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers understand the complexities of spinal disorders.
 
Setting Scoliosis Straight     A non-profit organization devoted to empowering families impacted by scoliosis through education, connection, and research.
 
Schroth Method  –  The most recognized conservative, exercise-based approach for scoliosis treatment.
 
Scoliosis Journal  –  Research on prevention, control, and treatment of scoliosis spinal disorders.
 
Scoliosis Research Society  –  International society fostering optimal care for all patients with spinal disorders.  Includes search tool for surgeons.