The coronavirus pandemic has led many to adjust their day-to-day in an effort to reduce the risk of further spreading infection. Now, more than ever, people are looking for innovative solutions, such as virtual physical therapy, to continue receiving treatment safely.
What is Telehealth Virtual Physical Therapy?
Virtual physical therapy, also known as Telehealth PT, is the use of technology to provide remote care. Telehealth PT allows patients in New Jersey to connect with a licensed physical therapist for individualized, home-based physical therapy treatment through a secure video-call system.
Twin Boro Physical Therapy is proud to announce the launch of Telehealth, virtual physical therapy, solutions for New Jersey patients. Let’s take a look at how it works.
Telehealth: How It Works
David Hotaling, Clinical Director of the Twin Boro Physical Therapy Martinsville location says, “Twin Boro’s Physical Therapy Telehealth program is active and dynamic. Through a 30-minute one-on-one session with your physical therapist, we’re able to get you moving, get you active, and show you how to do the things you need to do to feel better. We’re taking the most important parts of your physical therapy session and emphasizing them in the comfort of your own home while maintaining social distancing protocols.”
It’s very simple. All you need is a smartphone, tablet, or computer and you’re able to receive high-level skilled care with your physical therapist, virtually. They’re able to guide you and show you the right ways to do your exercise to improve functionality, strength, and mobility.
Research has shown us that exercise and movement with proper progression and the ability to be educated by your physical therapist are among the keys to get you better and get you back to doing the things that you love to do. Those interventions are all available through telehealth physical therapy.
What Does Research say about Virtual PT?
Current research published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggests virtual PT could make it possible to do it anytime, as often as you like—at less than half the cost of in-person sessions.
The study looked at 287 patients (average age of 65), undergoing a knee replacement procedure. Approximately half did traditional, in-office or at-home physical therapy while the other half used a virtual program. In this study, not only did the virtual physical therapy group have fewer re-hospitalizations and a faster return to physical activities—and comparable outcomes in terms of knee extension, knee flexion, and gait speed—but they also paid less than the in-person group.
Additionally, a UC Irvine School of Medicine study also revealed that telehealth physical therapy was as effective as in-clinic therapy for improving upper extremity motor control post-CVA. And according to Mani et al., moderate to a good level of agreement between an in-clinic PT diagnosis and a diagnosis obtained via telehealth is present while using a remote diagnosis and a functional movement screen.
Twin Boro Patient-Centered Virtual Physical Therapy
While in-person, manual therapy is still an important component of our treatments, telehealth is a perfect option to provide treatment to patients who cannot access care otherwise.
Pain and injuries are never planned, but virtual physical therapy can help make the first step toward recovery more convenient than ever.