The Future of Physical Therapy and Telehealth
Due to the recent pandemic, our health landscape has been quickly shifting. Just because a pandemic is happening that does not mean people stopped having injuries, disabilities, and pain. In reality, people are likely having more issues with their bodies now due to working from home, being sedentary, and not having access to their community classes and gyms.
Benefits of Physical Therapy Telehealth:
- Decreased Risk of Exposure: Telehealth visits have become an essential tool for physical therapists to reach those patients without the added risk of being in public areas. Many patients are grateful to still be able to maintain their physical therapy sessions and relationship with their PTs.
- Compliance at Home: One of the main advantages of Telehealth visits is the ability for the physical therapist to help set up a home exercise program (HEP) with the patient in their own home. The patient can show the home environment and equipment they have available to use in the sessions and independently. If the patient does not have any exercise equipment, the physical therapist can improvise with household items such as soup cans, towels or chairs.
- Combining In-Person and Telehealth Sessions: The advantage for patients is the flexibility to combine Telehealth with in-patient physical therapy. There is still no replacing the physical touch of a physical therapist; however, we now have an option to combine in-person with Telehealth visits to reap the benefits of both. Your physical therapist will help guide you to determine what is best for your rehabilitation. They can determine the best protocol for your goals. This may be having two sessions/week of in-person to take advantage of manual therapy and the use of equipment. Followed by one session/week via Telehealth to support your home exercise program.
How to Get Started with a Physical Therapy Telehealth Appointment
If you would like to conduct a Telehealth appointment, contact our clinic by calling 408-257-2225 or go online by visiting www.bestphysicaltherapy.com to let us know you are interested. The clinic will verify coverage with your insurance company before your treatment begins. You will then fill out patient paperwork and consent forms for Telehealth visits via email. You will need to set up the video platform through cell phone or computer camera prior to the start of your appointment.
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, we strive to always look through the lens of what is best of the safety of our patients and staff members. To ensure we are keeping up with the latest protocols and procedures, set by the CDC, we’ve implemented new appropriate procedures and protocols.
Here is a more in-depth look at our current practices:
We are taking proper precautions necessary to We are ensure the safety and well-being of everyone within the clinic. To do so, we are implementing extra pre-screening precautions. This includes temperature readings of all staff and patients, installation of plexiglass sneeze guards at front desks, limited contact, and frequent cleaning and disinfecting of all areas.