Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via electronic communication. It is the use of electronic communications to share medical information from one place to another with the intention of improving a patient’s health.
Telehealth aims at overcoming barriers and providing equitable access to health care services and interventions. It also helps to overcome barriers to face-to-face consultations, such as problems with scheduling, adverse weather, and illness.
Telehealth physical therapy is becoming a more popular option and allows us to remain engaged with our patients during these difficult times. Telehealth physical therapy is a live one-on-one appointment with a physiotherapist through an online platform.
Below are five reasons to consider Telehealth Physical Therapy:
Telehealth can help you stay connected with your physical therapist after initial in-person visits. Telehealth may also increase your ability to connect with a therapist who is experienced in treating people with your condition or who is a board-certified clinical specialist, who may not be near you. It also can help people who live in areas where access to physical therapy is lacking
Physiotherapists also need to be able to monitor their patients and ensure that they are completing their recommended fitness plans. Telemonitoring provides the capability for patients to log their exercise and check off which medications they are taking daily. Moreover, some telemonitoring platforms allow patients to answer survey questions about their conditions and symptoms daily all through HIPAA compliant technology.
We understand that many patients feel uncomfortable coming into the clinic as a result of the global pandemic, Telehealth can be performed in the comfort of your own home or office with a physiotherapist that you already know well and who understands your situation.
Participating in telehealth visits help ensure that you are sticking to your exercise prescriptions and achieving your goals. Remaining consistent with your home programs is crucial to your short- and long-term success.
4- Increase performance:
Telemonitoring allows patients to not only track their progress in recovery, but it also gives physiotherapists an insight to understand the particular treatment plan that is most effective for their patients. They also get to receive instant feedback on the treatment plan and increase patient satisfaction.
Patients who take part in telehealth physical therapy are more likely to stick to their home exercise programs. Your PT can provide you a safe and effective home exercise program to do at home based on your specific needs and goals. Sticking to your exercise prescription is a vital part of your long-term health.
Removal of barriers such as travel time, parking, and waiting rooms and after your telehealth appointment, you can quickly get back to what you were doing at home without having to spend time on the road.
Conclusively, People of all ages and who have a variety of symptoms and medical conditions like chronic pain management, cancer rehabilitation, postoperative care, and a lot more may be candidates for telehealth.