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What to expect from virtual physical therapy

April 1st, 2020
What to expect from virtual physical therapy

Virtual physical therapy is a term for therapy and rehabilitation that is delivered virtually by leveraging video conferencing technology. Since most of us have the technology necessary for this in our online devices, virtual physical therapy, or remote physical therapy, is easier to perform than ever before. 

This approach to physical therapy was already an exciting development in the field, but with the ongoing spread of coronavirus increasing the need for people to stay in and practice social distancing, virtual physical therapy is gaining even more attention. 

As part of our commitment to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rehab Access Physical Therapy is 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. Since this is likely a new treatment delivery method for many of you, we’re sharing the following guide to help our new and existing patients have a clear idea of what to expect from virtual physical therapy. 

The basics of what to expect from virtual physical therapy

Virtual physical therapy is a simple idea once you grasp the basics. It is quite similar to meeting with a therapist in a clinical setting. Virtual physical therapy platforms, such as the one we use at Rehab Access, use video chat functions to connect you in real time with a professional physical therapist. This means you can interact as if you were in the same room and perform a large portion of basic therapy treatments right from home. 

Here’s what you can expect from virtual physical therapy with Rehab Access: 

  • Convenience — Our platform is designed for physical therapists and therapy patients. The program runs right from a web browser without any need to install or configure additional applications. 
  • Security — Virtual physical therapy with Rehab Access is secure. You can also have the peace of mind that comes with helping to slow the spread of coronavirus. 
  • Expertise — You will be connected one-on-one and in real time with a licensed and trained physical therapist while receiving expert instruction and thorough feedback on your treatment and progress. 
  • Value — 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. 


While therapeutic exercises and stretches can be easily facilitated through virtual physical therapy, certain options like manual therapy and other hands-on interventions will not be available. However, virtual physical therapy is a great way to keep your recovery on track even while you have to practice social distancing. 

Learn more and schedule your virtual physical therapy session today

If you have any questions or just want to learn more about what to expect from virtual physical therapy, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial virtual appointment with one of our therapists.