What is the difference between TeleHealth visits and in-person physical therapy visits?
It is recommended that you discuss your specific situation with your physical therapist to determine if TeleHealth is an option for you. Your physical therapist will use clinical assessments to recommend whether TeleHealth sessions, in-clinic sessions, or a combination of the two will provide the best course of intervention toward your recovery. Evaluations and treatment sessions in the clinic allow for the use of manual therapies and access to specialized equipment and tools. TeleHealth evaluations and treatment sessions rely more heavily on the observational skills of the clinician to evaluate and asses. The use of prescribed exercise occurs in both settings. TeleHealth may be a suitable option during COVID-19 for patients who may be more vulnerable due to age or health factors, or who live with individuals who are at higher risk.
What is TeleHealth?
Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare services using remote technology for situations in which the healthcare provider and patient are not in the same physical location. The patient experience is similar to an in-clinic therapy session with a state licensed physical therapist, however, the session is conducted virtually over the internet using a secure and easy to use live audiovisual conference tool called Doxy.me. There is no software to download and you can access Doxy.me from any computer, tablet or smartphone via an internet browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox. All you need to connect with your device is an audio, video and internet connection. A session link is provided by your healthcare provider prior to your session. TeleHealth Physical Therapy (TelePT) sessions are conducted live in a one-on-one audiovisual session lasting either 60 minutes or 90 minutes based on the type of scheduled visit. Patient and physical therapist will interact via a live video session, and the therapist will provide patient education, visual evaluation, and exercise programs as needed to ensure progress within a personalized plan of care. It is best to discuss your specific situation with a physical therapist to decide if TeleHealth is a good option for you.
Prior to the pandemic, TeleHealth was not a regularly used platform in physical therapy practice. As the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, the governing bodies in medicine and healthcare quickly established important guidelines for compliance, as well as protections for you, the patient. TeleHealth sessions experienced by Movement Logic patients have yielded potent and positive outcomes. (Testimonials coming soon.)
Benefits of TeleHealth include increased accessibility to physical therapy services from remote locations with unique opportunities to assess postural habits and movement patterns used in the patient’s usual environments, such as home offices, kitchens, work benches, etc. The convenience of connecting remotely allows patients to make any environment a gym by learning how to effectively and efficiently work out without the use of expensive or cumbersome equipment, all while benefitting from cues and assessments provided by a licensed clinician. Movement Logic provides individualized programs and updates to TelePT patients with adherence to many of the same methods used during one-on-one in-person care. In addition, patients may benefit from receiving uninterrupted care while at home, on vacation, or while traveling for business.