First, is ease of access and lack of transportation. Obviously telehealth will save you the need to commute to an office which can be a huge hassle if you have limited mobility due to age related illnesses or injuries. But less obvious is that you will be able to access higher quality practitioners. Being able to work with anyone who speaks the same language opens up the door to many specialists who you could otherwise never have met. Oh, and the time saved on the commute can be put toward practicing what you learn in-session.
Second, you will be able to improve your home safety. Because your PT can see your home, they can work with you on a personalized solution to help you overcome the specific challenges relevant to you. You will be able to build an action plan to handle a fall if it happens as well.
And third, success rates for telehealth may actually be higher than office visits. Between the comfort of being at home and the above factors it is much easier to stick to a physical therapy program and to feel connected to your therapist. This is why current research shows that the majority of patients who have used telehealth for physical therapy are satisfied and would happily do it again.
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Yes! All the best data shows that everything from diagnosis and movement pattern analysis to instruction is able to be done with nothing but a stable internet connection.
A decent video camera on either your smartphone or computer and a stable internet connection is all you need. We will provide you with a link to a conference call via Zoom.
You! Also welcome are any family members or caretakers who you will be helping you with the exercises.