Virtual physical therapy, or virtual PT, can have benefits for nearly everyone. It can be especially beneficial for patients who are recovering from a total knee replacement.
There are many people in the U.S. who are having a total knee replacement. It’s reported that more than 700,000 knee replacements are performed annually, and this number is predicted to jump to 3.5 million per year by 2030. Virtual PT takes place over a secure online video link. It also allows you to work one-on-one with a physical therapist without leaving your home. Virtual physical therapy also offers other benefits for those recovering from a knee replacement.
Five benefits virtual physical therapy can offer after a total knee replacement
Here are five of the benefits that virtual physical therapy can offer after your total knee replacement:
Decreased costs — Having a knee replacement and using recovery services like physical therapy can have a heavy price tag. However, virtual PT can help reduce the costs of your post-surgical rehabilitation. In fact, medical research shows that knee replacement patients who used virtual PT after surgery saved nearly $2,800 on average.
Reduced risk of rehospitalization — There is a risk that you might have to go back to the hospital after having a surgery. One benefit of virtual PT is that it can help reduce this risk. A study on knee replacement patients who had virtual PT found that it reduced re-hospitalization risk by 60%.
Increased adherence to home exercise program — Physical therapists often prescribe a program of exercise for recovering patients to do at home. But many patients don’t do their exercises as often as they should. Researchers found that after knee replacements patients had a nearly 50% boost in their home exercise plan adherence when using virtual PT. It’s also reported that they spent about 24 minutes per day doing their exercises.
Improved exercise accuracy — Doing therapy exercises every day won’t be as beneficial if patients aren’t doing them correctly. Fortunately, researchers report that patients who used virtual PT for knee replacement rehab had a 93% exercise accuracy rate.
High patient satisfaction — Patients appear to have been highly satisfied with their virtual PT after a knee replacement. One group of researchers reveals that patients gave this service a 91.2% approval score.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation can help you find effective virtual physical therapy
Looking for effective virtual physical therapy? Our team at Arrow PTR can help you find the virtual PT you’re looking for. We’ve partnered with Agile Virtual Care to help our patients access this service.
Agile offers virtual PT services in 32 U.S. states. It uses a network of physical therapy clinics to provide you with one-on-one virtual care, including our Arrow PTR clinics.
Contact our team today for more information about the virtual PT services we offer or to schedule an initial appointment.