As of March 2020, people across the country and the world are isolating themselves as part of a global effort to suppress the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). In the previous months, this threat seemed distant and appeared to be under control but the reality we know now is that people must take serious precautions to avoid contracting this novel virus and to help prevent its spread to others.
At SOL Physical Therapy + Performance, we take the threat of the coronavirus very seriously and want to prioritize the safety of our patients and our staff. As a result, we are offering virtual care services as an alternative to in-clinic visits so our team can continue to treat your aches and pains while you remain in your home.
That’s right. Despite the social distancing that everyone is being encouraged to practice these days, you can still receive the quality physical therapy services you need from the comfort and safety of your own home. Of course, virtual therapy is a little different than in-clinic physical therapy, so let’s take a closer look at what this service is like.
Virtual therapy, also known as teletherapy or telehealth physical therapy, refers to any physical therapy services that are performed through remote connection via the internet. At SOL Physical Therapy + Performance, we achieve this connection through the HIPAA-compliant BetterPT platform.
BetterPT is a secure video communication platform designed with virtual physical therapy services in mind. The program doesn’t require the patient to download any app to access the video communication.
Using BetterPT, you can communicate directly with your physical therapist face-to-face in real time. Of course, though this medium, therapists will not be able to administer the hands-on techniques they normally would be able to use in an in-clinic session but they can still guide you through live therapeutic exercises and stretches while monitoring your progress, encouraging your efforts and tweaking your routine as necessary.
The BetterPT platform allows for more than live virtual therapy sessions. Using this program, you can also:
This technology will be useful for most of our current patients who need to continue their therapy services despite the need for social distancing. New patients can also schedule a consultation. Talk to our team today about virtual therapy if you need physical therapy for:
For a virtual therapy session, you’ll need three main things: yourself, comfortable clothing and a device that connects to the internet and offers video communication, such as a laptop, smartphone or a desktop with a webcam. Please see our FAQs section for a reminder on what to wear and what to expect from a typical virtual therapy session.
It’s important to follow these best practices for an optimal virtual therapy session:
It’s also important beforehand to ensure that your device’s internet browser is compatible with BetterPT technology. Please see the following chart for reference of compatible browsers:
|Chrome||Safari||Firefox||IE 10 & later versions||Opera|
*(with OpenTok )
Most major insurance carriers cover virtual physical therapy the same way they cover an in-person visit, without the need for a referral. Our team can check with your carrier to confirm your coverage.
The coronavirus is changing a lot of how modern society functions but this doesn’t have to inhibit your ability to receive the physical therapy care you need to reach your recovery goals. Our team is ready to work with you through virtual therapy services today.
Whether you’re an existing patient at one of our physical locations or are a new patient interested in therapy services, you can contact us today to schedule a consultation for virtual therapy with our physical therapists. Our patient coordinators are available to answer any questions you might have about this new service.