Physical Therapy Deemed an Essential Service

We understand that Governor Brad Little has ordered a shelter in place, effective immediately (3/25/2020) for the next 21 days. These are uncertain times and we have had quite a few people already ask if we are deemed an essential service. The U.S. Dept of Homeland Security has deemed Physical Therapy service essential, and we do have a responsibility to our patients, and future patients, to try and maintain our business hours the best that we can.

Until further notice we will be open for treatment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 am – 6 pm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays no patients will be seen in the clinic, but staff will be available to answer your questions via telephone from 9 am – 5 pm. If you are thinking about cancelling your appointment because you are quarantining yourself, or if you are sick, please try to give us 24 hours notice. We have reduced our patient load significantly and there are patients who are in need of physical therapy and cannot be seen immediately due to our strict schedule. If you cancel without ample notice, we will be unable to fit someone in that vacant slot. However, if you develop any flu-like or cold-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, throwing up) please cancel your appointment no matter how short of notice it may be.

If you would like to see the post from the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security here is a link: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1nrXpoPEIg40jdn4UH-k_TTeZK8-SAP4SyDtWc85xnicLOTjz1tN6O-4E 

If anyone has questions or concerns please call us at 208-789-0200.  And in honor of J.R.R. Tolkein day, here are some words to chew on, “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and through in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

COVID-19 Update from I CAN PT Doctors of Physical Therapy

As a precautionary measure, we’d like to offer some recommendations and information about coronavirus (COVID-19) as it relates to your care. Please read through the following FAQ and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you contact your primary care physician for further advice. In the meantime, as a courtesy to your therapist, our clinic staff, and your fellow patients, please do not come into the clinic at this time. Instead, please contact us to reschedule your future appointments—even if it’s last-minute—by calling 208-789-0200.

I’m only feeling a little sick. What should I do?
While it may be tempting to come in for your treatment if you “just have a cough,” we do ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling at all sick. In the meantime (and if your strength allows), continue with your prescribed home exercise program, and reach out to your therapist via phone or in-app messaging if you have any questions.

What is I CAN PT doing during the pandemic?

  • Though we clean equipment regularly already, we are continuously ensuring that all equipment is clean after one patient uses equipment, before the next patient uses it.
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays we are devoting part of the day to another deep clean, on top of the regular cleaning between patients.
  • We are reducing patient load per hour.
  • We are having the carpets professionally sanitized
  • We are using ‘Pestcom’ to sanitize the whole clinic. They are a local micro-sanitation company which uses anti-viral sanitation mist to neutralize open spaces.
  • If any staff member develops a new illness, we are requiring them to stay home.

We appreciate your willingness to help us with this matter. If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask us.

Wishing you good health,

The I CAN PT Team

Balance and the Vestibular System

A few weeks ago our physical therapist, Charles Riddle, took part in a podcast hosted by Dr. Chad Woolner and Dr. Buddy Allen from the Align Integrated Medical Clinic. You can view this podcast directly through their website or click on the link below to listen.

You may think that balance and the vestibular system is not exciting or important, but we rely on this function in most moments of our lives. Imagine what it would be like waking up one morning to turn off your alarm clock, and the whole room spins. What do you do? Hold onto dear life hoping you aren’t going crazy? Contrary to how you may feel, this symptom of vertigo, commonly called BPPV for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, can be treated with some guided maneuvers by a therapist.

Curious now? There is a whole slew of things to consider with balance other than vertigo. Click the video and find out!

Enjoy!