New to virtual physical therapy? Three things to expect
Many people are being hit with new information constantly because of COVID-19. Business closures. Job layoffs. The spread of this condition. All these things are changing daily or even hourly.
However, this uncertainty doesn’t have to extend to your physical therapy. Virtual physical therapy allows patients to meet with physical therapists over a live video and audio connection. This service might seem new to many people, but it’s actually been around for a while. Here are some things you can expect from it if you are new to the concept.
Three things you can expect from virtual physical therapy
Virtual physical therapy can be very effective. Studies on this service report that patients gave their virtual physical therapy a 91.2% overall satisfaction rating. You’re more likely to be satisfied with your virtual physical therapy if you have an idea what to expect from it. Three things you can expect from a virtual physical therapy session are:
- Questions — Physical therapists will use questions during a virtual physical therapy session. This isn’t that different from an in-person session. Specialists can ask you questions about your past medical history. They can also inquire about your symptoms or movements that make them worse. These questions don’t just have to come from the physical therapist. They can and should also come from you if you don’t understand something about your condition. You can even write down questions you have in advance to ensure that you don’t forget them.
- Affordable costs — 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.
- Pre-session preparation — It’s not unusual to have to do some things to prepare for a physical therapy session. You’ll have to take some different steps to prepare for a virtual physical therapy session. Some of the preparatory steps you might have to take include:
- Selecting a device to do your session on (smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops are commonly used)
- Ensuring that your internet connection is stable
- Checking the compatibility of your internet browser with the virtual physical therapy platform used by your therapist
- Reading emails related to your appointment
- Having an open, well-lit space to use during your session
Have more questions about what to expect from virtual physical therapy? Franklin Rehabilitation can help
Patients who are new to virtual physical therapy often have questions about what to expect from it. Our Franklin Rehabilitation team is primed to answer any questions you may have.
Are you keen to know more about the virtual physical therapy services we offer? Contact our team for more information about teletherapy today or to schedule an in-clinic appointment.