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April 2020

Is Telehealth Right For You?

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Have you been hearing about this “telehealth” option to Physical Therapy and wondered if it’s right for you?

Are you noticing more pain in your low back or neck because you find yourself sitting more?

Have you started having knee pain because your gym is closed and you are running outside?

We’ve been getting lots of calls from people asking if we can still help them.

How does it all work?

Getting set up for a telehealth appointment begins just like an in clinic appointment.  Give us a call and we will see if you are a good fit for our clinic and if your problem can be easily addressed through telehealth.

If you are a current patient and would like to take advantage of the telehealth option at Physical Therapy for Everybody then please give us a call and we can help you get the “techy” side all set up.  I promise you – we can teach you how to do it!

What does the visit look like?

Just like an in clinic visit, we start by understanding what is going on with your body.  We want to make sure we understand your complete history for an intial visit or what has been happening since your last visit for current clients.  Next we want to understand what your goals are.  This way we can customize your treatment plan and your telehealth visit to achieving those goals.

After we have a nice chat, it’s time to see you move.  Which we can do because we are on a video call!  Please make sure you are wearing more tight fitting clothing so we can see your movement (sorry, we do need you to get out of your pajamas!).  Then we will ask you to do movements as we are observing you.

If there is any pain with movement we will ask you to use one finger to point to where the pain is.

After we have completed the assessment we will explain what is going on with you.  We will explain what is causing your pain or issue.  Then we will give you a plan to start addressing what is going on with your body.

What do we do next?

We may give you some exercises to do at home to help alleviate your pain or symptoms.  If you have any equipment at home including therabands, hand weights, workout benches, or cardiovascular equipment please feel free to “bring those” with you.  We can incorporate the tools into your program.

We will always make sure to give you our signature care with prescribing and instructing you on exercises.  You will have a chance to demonstrate them for us so we can give you tips and cues to ensure you have the proper form to get the results you are looking for.

After you have completed your treatment, we will re-test the movement to see what changes have been made during the session (just like we do in the clinic!).

We finish up the session by answering all of your questions and creating the long term plan for your success.  This includes how long you need to carry out the plan and when we should meet again.

Do you have more questions?

If you have any questions or want to find out more about your telehealth options please feel free to contact us.  Or feel free to contact Dr. Amy directly at DrAmy@PT4EB.com