Virtual Physical Therapy

Telemedicine has been a growing trend in physical therapy, and health care in general, for years now. The ability to interact with a trained and licensed physical therapist through video and audio technology has a range of applications. Examples include helping people in remote areas as well as patients with limited mobility who have trouble coming into an office. 

As of March 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting everyone’s lives in a fundamental way, telemedicine and its ability to provide virtual physical therapy services has been pushed even closer to the forefront. With the CDC recommending mass social distancing and sheltering in place, telemedicine services can offer people in isolation the ability to get the care they still need. 

The team at Holland Physical Therapy is taking the threat of COVID-19 and the coronavirus very seriously, and we are placing the safety of our patients and staff as a paramount concern. In response, we’re offering a range of 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. 

Despite the current crisis, we’re keenly aware that there are still people in need of physical therapy and rehabilitation services for a wide range of injuries and health concerns. That’s why we’re sharing this helpful overview of our virtual physical therapy services that are possible through telemedicine. We’re here to help, and we invite you to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns or would just like to learn more. 

Virtual physical therapy explained

Whether you’ve heard it called virtual physical therapy, telemedicine physical therapy or any other term, the central idea is the same. By using an internet connection and conferencing technology, you can receive remote physical therapy services from a licensed and experienced clinician. Think of Skyping or FaceTiming with a physical therapist and you’re not far off. 

When you connect with your therapist for a real-time session, you will be able to have nearly any interaction that you would in a clinical setting. Of course there will be some differences in treatment; for example, therapists will not be able to deliver hands-on manual therapies. However, critical treatments such as therapeutic exercise, balance training and posture training can still be performed seamlessly with this technology. 

Our virtual physical therapy services are available for both existing patients and new patients alike. Whether you’re practicing social distancing during this ongoing health emergency or prefer the convenience this offers on a long-term basis, this telemedicine option can work for people who require the following: 

  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain management
  • Therapy and rehabilitation for sports-related injuries
  • Symptom management for age-related conditions and neurological disorders

Your virtual physical therapy checklist

Preparing for virtual physical therapy is just as simple, if not more simple, than coming to an in-office appointment with just a few key differences. Along with yourself and some comfortable clothing that you can move around in, you’ll just need an internet-connected device that offers audio and video communication capability. This includes most common digital devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers with a webcam and microphone. 

Additionally, there are a few key best practices for virtual physical therapy that all patients should follow:

  • Watch out for virtual care appointment confirmations and reminders sent via email.
  • Check your internet connection to ensure it is stable.
  • Perform an audio-visual check to make sure your camera and microphone are functioning prior to your session.
  • So you can focus on your therapy without worrying about your device, make sure you have hands-free hardware. For phones and tablets, some type of stand will be required.
  • Try to create a dedicated space in your home that is well lit and free of obstacles.

For more information about what to expect from physical therapy in general, please visit our FAQ page

Virtual physical therapy cost and payment considerations 

Virtual physical therapy at Holland Physical Therapy is covered by most major insurances. 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 journey with Holland Physical Therapy today

In the current environment of isolation and social distancing, the need to stay physically active is more important than ever. Patients with a broad range of health concerns and injuries need to continue to receive physical therapy in order to achieve their health and wellness goals. With virtual physical therapy from our talented team of experienced therapists, the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t need to set your treatment back. 

Contact us today to schedule your consultation for virtual physical therapy. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have about this exciting new technology that allows you to safely begin or continue physical therapy.