Why Engage In TelePhysiotherapy?
Telephysiotherapy which can be also referred to as e-physiotherapy, telerehab, Online Physiotherapy or Virtual physiotherapy is a clinical application of preventive, diagnostic, consultative, or/ and therapeutic services through a two-way interactive technology.
It involves the use of telecommunication like telephones and the internet via which we share images, videos and even transfer data to offer physiotherapy services to patients. In addition, researches have proved that Telephysiotheapy offers various benefits for both the patients and the health system at large as it enhances the patient’s quality of life and further optimizes the usage of health resources.
The key objective of Telephysiotherapy is to overcome the different barriers, which could restrict patients from undergoing the treatment.
However, access to physiotherapy solutions could be cut short or denied entirely due to the following factors:
a). Unfavourable weather conditions.
b). Services unavailability in remote areas.
c). Clashes between the availability of the therapist’s and client’s time.
d). Cost-effective, when it has to do with employed patients who desert their jobs for treatment purposes.
e). Patients who suffer difficulty in mobility or/and too ill to travel far.
f). Transportation can also refrain patients from accessing health care services.
Telephysiotherapy starts with an accurate evaluation of the patient through electronic mode. More so, the history, onset of pain and symptoms could proffer different clues about the kind of injury a patient suffers. Treatment will focus on sorting out the condition or root of the problem, other than only treating the symptoms.
As soon as the cause is identified, the physiotherapist can begin the treatment with self-treatment techniques and exercises. Telephysiotherapy program is offered by the physiotherapist who decides the exercise sets, schedule, or/and repetitions for the patient which must be carried out by the patient in his/her surrounding or home.
Again, patients are provided with a precise orientation on the exercise program by the physiotherapist, which can be accessed via tablet, video calls, mobile phone, computer, or pre-recorded video material.
The physiotherapist appropriately examines the progress of the patient from session to the session via telecommunication. Thereby making it possible to track the patients’ compliance to the exercise program.