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What Is Telemedicine and How Does It Work?

What Is Telemedicine and How Does It Work?

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, is the use of video calls and other forms of telecommunication to provide healthcare from alternative locations.Telehealth is becoming a popular option due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. It that enables patients to see and talk to their health care providers without risk of exposure. Telehealth physical therapy is not only possible, it is also an effective form of online telemedicine treatment that can help you reduce pain or recover from injury from the comfort and convenience of your own home. 

Booking a one-on-one telemedicine appointment with our expert physical therapist, Dr. Greg, is a great way learn the most important stretches, exercises, and self-treatment techniques to increase mobility, decrease pain, and keep you living the active lifestyle you desire.

Dr. Greg still provides one-on-one sessions in his office for those individuals who want an in person visit, but he understands that this may not be the best option for everyone.

There is no training required for patients to take part in telehealth. You will need an email address and access to a computer or device that has a video camera and microphone. Call or text us at (636) 686-0503 to see if these telehealth sessions could be a solution for you! 

Here are a few reasons to consider telehealth physical therapy;

1. Accessibility.

Telehealth can help you stay connected with your physical therapist after initial in-person visits (if available)  Telehealth may also increase your ability to connect with a PT who is experienced in treating people with your condition or who is a board-certified clinical specialist, who may not be near you.

2. Home safety.

If you are at a high risk for Covid-19, or if falling is a concern, a virtual therapy appointment with your PT is an opportunity to get back to doing what you love from the safety of your own home. 

3. Personalized care.

During a private, telehealth visit, you will work one-on-one with your PT, without distractions. You also can involve family members or caregivers in your appointment, if you like.

4. Success rates.

Patients who take part in telehealth physical therapy are more likely to stick to their home exercise programs. Your PT can provide you with a safe, effective home exercise program based on your specific needs and goals. Sticking to your exercise prescription is a vital part of maintaining long-term health.

5. Time savings.

There’s no waiting room. And after your telehealth appointment, you can quickly get back to what you were doing at home without having to spend time on the road.

 

Just because you choose to stay at home doesn't mean you can't get answers and great treatment! Our telehealth patients have been amazed by their positive results even though the treatment doesn’t take place in a clinic. Learn more about telehealth by calling us at 636-686-0503 or sending us an email to contact@stlouispt.com.

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