Tele rehabilitation Guide to Virtual Physiotherapy

In recent years, technology has revolutionized all aspects of health care, from virtual consultations to develop treatments and detailed interventions via telehealth. The need for telehealth became more prominent with the challenges of the COVID19 Pandemic during the last two years. The pandemic has significantly altered the way we live and interact, prompting us to rethink our ways in which we do everything. With the rapid evolution of technology and ongoing challenges, health care facilities and professionals have also begun to adapt to these changes and deliver healthcare with a new, virtual approach. If you want the benefits of a medical consultation in the safety of your home, book an online appointment with a doctor now. 

The change towards technology-based practice and more specifically telemedicine applications is an extremely applicable area for healthcare facilities and professionals to effectively communicate and treat a number of different groups of patients. Telehealth offers a new and emerging way to deliver physiotherapy that promotes active participation from both the physiotherapist and patient throughout the course of treatment, in comparison to unmonitored at-home exercise programmers which if not done correctly can make the symptoms worse.

What is Telerehabilitation? 

Telehealth is a constantly evolving model of healthcare solutions. It incorporates advancements in technology that are receptive and adaptable to changes in healthcare needs based on today’s society. Tele-rehabilitation is the use of telehealth technologies to provide rehabilitation services to individuals remotely. These services can include therapeutic interventions such as physiotherapy, remote monitoring of symptoms and progress, education and training in regards to at-home practices via online doctor consultation and e-prescriptions. 

People of all ages, with a variety of symptoms or medical conditions can use telehealth services for physiotherapy. Especially, these days when we are in the midst of a pandemic and-facility hospital visits can cause a major risk of exposure. Some of the conditions your physiotherapist can help you with virtually, via telehealth are:

  • Balance problems.
  • Post-Surgery Care.
  • Chronic Pain Management.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation.
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders 
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Post-Injury Care
  • And any other conditions your doctor might advise physiotherapy for.

The use of Telehealth to deliver rehabilitation services has many benefits for patients, as well as physiotherapists and society in general. Here are a few reasons to consider telehealth physical therapy: 

The use of Telehealth to deliver rehabilitation services has many benefits for patients, as well as physiotherapists and society in general. Here are a few reasons to consider telehealth physical therapy: 

The use of Telehealth to deliver rehabilitation services has many benefits for patients, as well as physiotherapists and society in general. Here are a few reasons to consider telehealth physical therapy: 

  1. Accessibility

Telehealth keeps you connected with a physiotherapist after your in-person visit such as surgery or an injury. Telehealth offers a variety of specialist experts, and so it has never been easier to connect with an expert physiotherapist who is more experienced in treating people with your condition, but may not be near you. It is also an important platform for people who live in remote areas or areas where there is a lack of access to physical therapy.  

  1. Privacy & Safety of your home

A virtual telehealth appointment is a very secure platform which ensures your privacy, and enables patients with mobility issues, such as the elderly, patients after a surgery or those with chronic conditions or disabilities to have access to online doctors from the comfort of their homes. It ensures improved safety for patients who are too ill to travel or have mobility restrictions by eliminating the need to travel. And also enables access to care for patients in remote areas or for those who have mobility issues associated with physical impairment, or access to transport. You can also discuss ways to improve the safety of your home for yourself, or your loved one, and also discuss first-aid or emergency responses in cases of a fall.

  1. Personalized Care

During an online telehealth appointment, you will work one-on-one with your physiotherapist, without any outside distractions which one might face in a healthcare facility. You can involve family members or caregivers in your appointment if you want some extra support. One on one sessions improve patients’ personal autonomy by helping them manage their health through online self-management and monitoring. It provides the patient with a sense of control and empowerment, by allowing them to take control of their condition. This aids in mental and physical rejuvenation, by allowing the patient to become an active participant in their health-care management.

  1. Continuity of Care

With the rise of telehealth, patient continuity of care has drastically improved. Telehealth has enabled healthcare workers to remotely engage and deliver patient care without the need for in-facility visits, thus eliminating the issues regarding availability and access to these specialists. By continuing rehabilitation at the patient’s preferences and within their own environment, better and more effective outcomes are expected. Research suggests that the rehabilitation needs for individuals with long-term conditions such as stroke and other neurological disorders are often restricted or inaccessible and so these needs are unmet. 

  1. Success Rates

It is very important that patients stick to the prescribed exercise programmed, as it is an important part of your treatment in managing symptoms in the long run. Therefore, patients who take part in telehealth physiotherapy are more likely to have better success rates by sticking to virtual physiotherapy sessions with their physiotherapists.

  1. Time & Cost Savings.

With telehealth there is no waiting time, like that in a hospital waiting room. Telehealth offers more effective physiotherapy in terms of travel, and the costs associated with it, by removing barriers such as travel time, parking, and waiting rooms.

  1. Transportation.

For a lot of patients seeking physiotherapy, transportation can be a hassle, as they might need someone to pick and drop them from the health facility. A telehealth appointment reduces this burden of commuting to and from appointments. It ensures accessibility for parents with a child at home, caregivers concerned about the physical demands of transporting their loved one to and from appointments, and those who don’t have easy access to transportation.

 Patients who benefit from telehealth services such as tele-rehabilitation tend to be more satisfied with their experience because of the feeling of connection and support they get from their online physiotherapist or doctor. Having this support at home while going through rehabilitation is quite valuable, especially for those suffering from traumatic injuries or newly diagnosed illnesses. 

MY LIVE DOCTORS are a telehealth platform that gives you secure and complete access to expert Doctors online. All you need is an email address and access to a computer or mobile device that has a video camera and microphone. MLD is equipped with many interactive features to ensure the best virtual healthcare experience. MLD offers remote monitoring of symptoms for patients. Your doctor will have access to your data for the next appointment, which will save time for both you and the doctor, ensuring more time on the physiotherapy treatment. With a patient profile you can record your personal and medical history before booking your appointment, which will save time and give your online doctor all the necessary history needed to devise the best treatment plan for you. E-Prescriptions allow you access to necessary medicines such as for pain management online, without having to visit an in-hospital doctor. My Live Doctors offer an all-in-one platform with all the information regarding your medical history, current symptoms and your treatment plan. This ensures you have all the information you need to manage your symptoms at all times, especially in case of an emergency. 

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