What is Physiotherapy Telehealth?
Telehealth or Telemedicine can go by many names. It is
Simply put – we use technology like a laptop/computer, phone, or tablet to carry out your physiotherapy session.
Sounds good, but what does that 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙪𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 look like? Below is an example of an initial consult.
1. An email link is sent to you before your appointment that connects you to your physiotherapist through video chat via an encrypted/secure server. Basically a fancy version of Zoom.
2. First the “subjective” assessment. Here we use a holistic approach called the biopsychosocial model (more on this later) to try to gather a complete view of your injury. This includes questions about your injury history, your activity levels, thoughts/fears/concerns, your goals and motivation, and much more. This helps us to determine what factors may or may not be involved with your injury.
3. Based on our subjective assessment, we move on to the “objective” assessment. This is when we get you to perform a series of movements or tasks relevant to your injury to help us look for possible contributing factors, and rule in or out possible diagnoses. We may also use these movements to re-test your progress at later dates.
4. Based on our findings we create an individualized program to address key components found during your assessment. This includes an individualized exercise program on a system called PhysiApp that includes videos, written directions, pictures as well as tracking key metrics such as your pain levels. These resources are for you. You can watch them on your phone/laptop/tablet, or print them out to put on your fridge.
5. After your session we like to follow up, we want to be there for you even after your appointment ends. You will be able to follow up with your physio via messaging or email for any questions or concerns.
But the big question: Is it as effective as traditional physiotherapy?
Yes, absolutely or I wouldn’t be doing it. This is backed by reputable scientific research.
Bonus: It is also covered by most extended health benefit plans.
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