Virtual Physical Therapy
Social distancing wasn’t something most people had heard of before the coronavirus outbreak. Now, it’s being used as a way to control the spread of this disease. However, the need to socially distance yourself can make getting the physical therapy you need harder. Virtual physical therapy is a treatment option that can help you continue to receive effective physical therapy.
As a result, we are offering virtual care services in addition to in-clinic visits so our team can continue to treat your aches and pains if you need to remain in your home.
What is Virtual Physical Therapy?
Telemedicine is defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as the use of electronic communication to provide health care information and services. Virtual physical therapy is a type of physical therapy that falls into the telemedicine category. It’s also called virtual physical therapy or remote physical therapy.
Most virtual physical therapy sessions involve a live video and audio link with a physical therapist. Typically, the session is performed via an online platform or app so our physical therapy specialists can help patients with issues like:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Post-surgical rehab
- Chronic pain
- Acute pain in the back, shoulder, neck, feet or ankles
What are some benefits of virtual physical therapy?
Virtual physical therapy can offer many benefits compared to in-person appointments, including:
- Increased mobility after surgery — Surgery takes a toll on your body. This makes it painful or difficult for you to move and live independently. Whether in-office or via virtual physical therapy, our physical therapists can help you recover more quickly so you can reduce your pain and regain your range of motion.
- Personalized treatment — At Arrow, we always personalize our treatments to the needs of each individual patient. We can assess your condition via virtual physical therapy and develop a personalized treatment designed to help you reach your recovery goals.
- Decreased dependency on medication — Taking pain medication to deal with pain from an injury, chronic condition or surgery might mask the pain but it comes with unwanted side effects and the risk of addiction. Physical therapy can help you manage your pain and improve your recovery so you won’t have to depend on medication.
How should I prepare for a virtual physical therapy session?
There are some steps you should consider taking before a virtual physical therapy session. Most importantly, you should make sure that the device you plan to use is up to the task. This means ensuring that it has a camera, microphone and speakers. Additionally, all these components must be functioning correctly.
Other pre-session steps you might need to take are:
- Checking for and reading confirmation or informational emails about your session
- Ensuring your internet browser is updated
- Asking a friend or relative to be available for equipment troubleshooting
- Making sure your internet or mobile data connection is stable
- Checking that your device can operate hands-free while you’re in the session
- Creating a space to perform exercises during the session. This may include removing all trip hazards and making sure the space is well lit.
- Ensuring that your device is securely positioned so the therapist can see you
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers virtual physical therapy
Concerned about getting the therapy you need without exposing yourself to COVID-19? Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation has you covered. We’re offering virtual physical therapy as well as in-clinic services for our patients.
Take the next step to find out if virtual physical therapy is right for you. Contact our team for more information about virtual physical therapy today or to schedule an initial appointment.