Virtual Physical Therapy

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our lives in some pretty fundamental ways, everyone is trying to strike a balance between performing basic activities and taking steps to slow its spread. If you’re in need of physical therapy due to injury or illness, it’s important to stay focused on your treatment goals. And for people confined to home, staying active can be even more important than ever before. 

During this trying time, the entire team at Rehab Access Physical Therapy is committed to the safety and health of both our patients and staff. As a result, we are offering virtual care services in addition to in-clinic visits so our team can continue to treat your aches and pains if you need to remain in your home.

To help you learn more about the basics of virtual physical therapy, also known as remote physical therapy, we’ve created the following overview. If you have any questions or want to learn more about this treatment method, please feel free to reach out. 

Basics of virtual physical therapy

Virtual physical therapy leverages the power of the internet and the communications technologies that are available in nearly every online device to let you connect in real time with a professional physical therapist. Have you ever used FaceTime or Skype to get in touch with a relative or co-worker? Think of having this experience with a physical therapist and you get the idea. 

Rehab Access is able to offer this service by using a secure web-based platform, so there is no need for you to install or configure additional software. 

The goal of virtual physical therapy is to replicate the experience of an in-clinic session as much as possible. You can interact with your therapist, ask them questions about your condition, receive feedback on your treatment and perform a significant amount of treatments. Options such as therapeutic exercise, balance training and posture training are especially well suited for virtual physical therapy.

Whether you’re a new or existing patient, our virtual physical therapy services can help you. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, this was an exciting new trend in the field, giving patients in remote locations or with serious mobility problems the ability to receive high-quality care. Now, it can help an even larger number of patients who are practicing social distancing. Virtual physical therapy can help you complete your crucial physical therapy if you’re recovering from any of the following issues: 

  • Chronic pain 
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Automotive injuries
  • Progressive conditions, such as arthritis

Preparing for virtual physical therapy

The basics of getting ready for virtual physical therapy aren’t that different from preparing for an in-office visit. First, bring yourself and some comfortable clothing that you can move around in. Next, you’ll need an internet connection and an online device with a camera and microphone. This includes smartphones, tablets, and laptop and desktop computers. 

Once you are sure you have the basics, simply follow these steps to get ready for your first appointment: 

  • Check your email for appointment confirmations and reminders. 
  • Perform a test of your internet connection to ensure it is up and running.
  • Make sure your camera and microphone are functioning correctly prior to your session.
  • So you can focus on your therapy, we strongly recommend using a hands-free device. For phones and tablets, this means having a stand available.
  • Have a dedicated space for virtual physical therapy that is well lit and free of obstacles.

To learn more about what to expect from physical therapy in general, please visit our FAQ page.

Virtual physical therapy payment options and cost

Virtual physical therapy care is covered by most major insurances in the same way as an in-person visit. Our team also accepts credit and debit as well as Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) payments for Medicare, Medicaid and self-pay patients.

Start your virtual physical therapy treatment today

We want to help you stay focused on your treatment during this ever-changing public health crisis. To learn more about virtual physical therapy or to schedule your in-clinic appointment, contact us today.