Are you looking to continue your rehabilitative treatment while practicing physical distancing and self-isolating?
Good news! pt Health now offers virtual physiotherapy, giving you the opportunity to receive treatment from the comfort of your own home through video conference technology.
Wondering how virtual physiotherapy works? In this Spotlight, we’ll share some first hand information from one of our physiotherapists with you.
Brian Tomie, Clinic Team Manager and Physiotherapist at Bedford Place Mall Physiotherapy – pt Health, has been offering virtual physiotherapy for the past few weeks.
Today, we’re talking to Brian about his experience with this new service so far.
Q: Tell us about the type of treatments you can provide through virtual physiotherapy.
A: I am able to treat patients with a wide range of injuries through virtual care, including:
- Dislocated shoulder, supported in a bridge work brace holding shoulder at 90º
- Lower back pain
- Gr.2 ankle sprain
- Concussion as a result of a fall
- Post-MVA treatment
- Tightness and pain in upper fibres of trapezius (upper back muscles)
Q: What has the patient experience been like with virtual care?
A: Once patients get comfortable with sharing with me face to face, device to computer, they begin to relax and engage attentively and become very inquisitive.
Q: Can you share your favourite story of how you helped a patient with virtual care?
A: Post MVA patient suffering a flare-up of pain and tightness across her shoulders, after using her time stuck up at home to sterilizing and spring clean at the same time. She was skeptical about how a virtual call would ever be able to help her “out of this crap”.
After I convinced her that she had “nothing to lose”, then showed her some sustained stretches, and How to do “ice acupressure”, she was so pleased that she danced a short Cape Breton “jig” and we both had a good laugh.