Telehealth Physical Therapy: How does it work?

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that we have vulnerabilities in our healthcare system. In a time when we are not able to treat the vast amounts of members in our community being impacted by this virus, we need to adapt our methods for treatment. Masks, gloves, sanitizer, cleaning agents, gowns...we're running low on supply and cannot justify seeing everyone in the clinic due to the highly contagious nature of this virus. We need alternative methods to see the public (insert soapbox).

I have treated multiple individuals so far with relatively low technology that is now accessible to a majority of Americans living in urban and suburban environments. Even rural America has seen improvements in accessibility with technology. Now, all you need to do is click a link which will take you to a website, and after a few clicks you're in! Here are some of the things you will need:

1) Camera (either phone, tablet, or computer)

2) Microphone (same as above)

3) Closing down your streaming services temporarily - this will help improve the streaming quality avoiding lagging, skips, and choppy communication

Frequently Asked Questions:

"Don't you need your hands to feel what's going on?"

Truth be told, we can find out more about you through our words and observations that with our hands. By listening and asking the right questions, we can often arrive at the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment course. Our hands are really helpful to support our diagnosis, but often can cloud our judgement if we allow them to lead without our clinical decision making skills.

"How can you treat me through a camera?"

Exercise and education are two of the most important and effective treatment strategies that we possess. Physical therapists are human movement experts, and through observation and cuing we can help most physical issues related, but not limited to musculoskeletal pain, neuromuscular weakness, and decreased cardiovascular & pulmonary function.

"Am I going to get the same results?"

While studies are sparse, the CDC collection has shown favorable results with a variety of settings and health care providers. Realistically, telehealth is not appropriate for every individual, however it can be beneficial for most that need support with education, monitoring, exercise/movement programming, and how to manage symptoms with management strategies. CDC Resources

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule a free screening to determine if you are appropriate for telehealth, I can help you. You can find me in the following channels, as well as contact me through my website.

Facebook & Instagram: @mobilityintraining

Twitter: @mobintraining

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