What is Telehealth Physical Therapy?
Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy offers a new option for off-site patient care called Telehealth. This technology allows our therapists to deliver an in-person experience while maintaining a safe distance in the treatment of orthopedic conditions, vestibular dysfunction, pelvic floor dysfunction, and more.
The goals of Telehealth physical therapy are the same as those of any other physical therapy modality at Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy:
- Alleviate pain
- Improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion
- Optimize physical function
How Does Telehealth Physical Therapy Differ From Outpatient Physical Therapy?
Telehealth PT is similar to traditional outpatient physical therapy in every way, other than location. With Telehealth, you can enjoy your physical therapy session from the comfort of your own home.
Physical therapists specialize in movement and musculoskeletal dysfunction. In your Telehealth sessions, your physical therapist will guide you through stretching, exercises, and other modalities in line with your treatment plan. Your therapist works with you to meet your goals and improve your overall physical well-being.
A physical examination must be conducted somewhat differently in the case of Telehealth. Manual muscle testing isn’t possible, for example. But vocal feedback about movements that seem to improve or worsen your pain or dysfunction are helpful and necessary when it comes to assessing your progress via a Telehealth appointment.
Does a Telehealth Session Require Technology Expertise?
Telehealth requires a minimal technology setup. You do need a good internet connection and a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a functional webcam. Because your specific therapy may require movement, opt for a device providing the optimal screen view.
A laptop, desktop, or tablet are preferable choices. Place the device in a fixed position, in your home treatment area. Before beginning, your therapist can offer applicable technical advice to help you get the most out of your Telehealth physical therapy session.