Have you been seeing physiotherapist for your injury or conditions for a while?
Are you experiencing pain or functional limitations?
But COVID-19 has stopped you visiting your physiotherapist...
And you wonder what should you do to help yourself?
#onlinephysio might be your savior at this time!
So HOW can physiotherapy happens online? you might ask.
I'll try to give some examples in this article, mainly in my field in Musculoskeletal, and lightly touch on other fields as well.
As a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist we would like to give a holistic treatment that provides Short term relief and Long term results.
During my day in clinic, I see patient with neck, shoulders, elbow, lower back, knee and ankle pain most often, with these conditions they usually have problems either from their muscles, ligaments, joints, nerve or movement patterns and habits.
So WHAT online physio can provides with our expertise and problem solving skills?
Muscle problems > We can help you identify the problematic muscle, and teach you to use trigger ball, foam roller, the right topical agents, and different massaging techniques for Short term relief; then personalize a exercise program for you to regain flexibility and strength in order to achieve your Long term Goals.
Ligament problems > We can help you identify the injured ligament, and advice you on acute management, what brace you need, and what movements to avoid for Short term relief; then again with personalize exercise program and prevention advises to help you regain balance and strength for you to achieve your Long term Goals and return to Sports.
I think you've gotten the point by now: How online physio might be able to help you!
Basically we can give you a diagnosis, prognosis and provide a evidence base high quality treatment for you same as a normal face to face physiotherapy consultation!
And the diagnostic accuracy and results are the same! as shown in the literature (reference below)
If we cannot help you, we will refer you to the profession who can help you immediately.
If you are doing rehabilitation after stroke, traumatic injury, multiple sclerosis online physio can help you too, as long as you have an assistance, carer or a family member who are willing to assist.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions! We are here to help. If we cannot help you we'll help you to find the right person who can help you!
Validity and reliability of the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal elbow disorders using telerehabilitation.J Telemed Telecare.2012 Oct;18(7):413-8. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2012.120501. Epub 2012 Oct 19.