Telehealth, sometimes also referred to as telemedicine, is one of the recent advancements in the practice of physical therapy. Also, physiotherapists can provide effective treatment at home via telecommunications or internet. In layman’s terms, it is receiving treatment from your physical therapist on a video call.
This service targets the demographic of patients who do not have time to spare to visit a clinic or have too many previous commitments to commute to the physiotherapist’s office. Some of our patients attend their initial appointments in person and then prefer to have the follow ups virtually. Medical practitioners should be able to examine patients in person and track progress online.
At Kinito, most patients who are recommended telehealth require exercise or movement correction based treatment which can effectively be done virtually with the supervision of a physical therapist.
Reasons To Consider Telehealth Physical Therapy
Accessibility is perhaps the biggest reason to opt for telehealth physical therapy. After your first in-person session with your physical therapist, you can maintain regular communication with them online. At Kinito, most telehealth appointments are catered to on the same day to ensure that you get medical assistance at the earliest.
Telehealth provides immediate medical assistance when travelling with pain or discomfort. You can connect with your regular doctor even if you’re on the other side of the world.
Work on Improving Your Home Safety
Virtual appointments with your physical therapist are a great way to ensure your house’s safety and prevent future injuries. Moreover, if you’re an elder citizen or someone with a number of musculoskeletal concerns, your regular environment should not pose any threat to you.
A Telehealth physical therapy session with a health care provider is perhaps the most accurate person to discuss your safety concerns with. The most important idea is to make improvements to your home and be prepared in case of injury.
More Personalized Healthcare Experience
Telehealth gives you the opportunity to work one on one with your physical therapist without any distractions. They can treat you in the comfort of your home and recommend doable and sustainable options to upgrade your lifestyle. Family members can be involved in the session to ensure effective treatment.
Telehealth has a high success rate
During telehealth, physical therapists recommend treatments to their patients after assessing their home environment, physical capabilities and the amount of help and supervision they have on a daily basis. The treatments are such that they can be conducted safely and effectively in their home environment, which encourages the patient to stick to their exercise regimen. Your workout will be based on your needs and specific goals that will significantly improve your long-term health.
No Travel Time
Most people who opt for physical therapy are in some kind of distress or pain that prevents them from driving, leading to their dependence on someone else for their transport. This level of codependency can lead to them missing their sessions due to logistical issues or an overall discouragement or embarrassment. Also, to eliminate this factor completely, telehealth requires no commute or travel time.
If you are someone who does not have easy access to transportation, telehealth is a godsend for you. After trying out the experience once, you would never want to go back to traditional ways again.
Who Can Participate in Telehealth Physical Therapy?
People of all ages with a wide range of symptoms are fit to take part in telehealth physical therapy. All of our physical therapists are trained to address a number of concerns virtually and are able to provide effective treatments on the spot. On rare occasions, if they believe that an in person session is required, they will schedule you in for one and then move you back to telehealth. To put your mind at ease, it is recommended to take the first session in person and schedule the follow ups online.
Below listed are a few examples of the common concerns that are well assisted during telehealth physical therapy sessions.
- Postoperative care
- Chronic pain management
- Cancer rehabilitation
How To Ensure a Smooth Telehealth Physical Therapy Session
You don’t need to be tech savvy or own fancy gadgets to take your therapy session virtually. All you need is a basic laptop, mobile or tablet with a good camera, speakers and microphone. Connect your device to a high speed stable internet connection at least twenty minutes prior to the session. Restart your device once before the session and close all other applications to make sure the session goes smoothly.
The Final Note
We hear left and right that the internet has revolutionized everything and changed our daily life. Similarly, it has also done the same for healthcare services. At Kinito, we aim to provide the finest and most hassle-free experience to our patients, and we’re doing just that with our telehealth physical therapy sessions!
Kinito Therapy Clinic has always been about the customer. Our services are designed in a way that saves you time, effort, and money. If you want to book a therapy session or get a musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging done with one of our highly specialized physical therapists, dry needling experts, or certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS), contact us at (405) 633-0783 or simply drop us an email at email@example.com.