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.
Ryan Longley, Clinic Team Manager and Physiotherapist at Limeridge Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation – pt Health has been offering virtual physiotherapy here for the past few weeks.
Today, we’re talking to Ryan about his experience with this service so far.
Q: What are the benefits to attending virtual physiotherapy?
A: Patients have found a lot of benefit from attending virtual physiotherapy as it maintains commitment to their rehabilitation. We as therapists are able to continue to provide education as well as give expectations and goals in recovery.
It has also been a useful avenue to complete functional ability forms for return to safe and successful work. Aside from that, we can always progress exercises which is important in every injury that we treat!
A: Yes! This service is not just for existing patients. We have already started working with new patients under virtual care.
Through a subjective assessment we are typically able to narrow down to a specific diagnosis. We then guide the patient through range of motion, muscle testing and special tests to confirm the diagnosis.
It is a great way to figure out why your knee aches or back is bothering you, from the comfort of your living room!
Q: What items can you use for exercise equipment at home?
A: A number of my patients have gotten very creative with exercise equipment at home.
For free weights we use different size non-perishable items. You can start with a small can of Campbell’s soup and progress to a larger can of diced tomatoes.
Another patient has been using a paper towel roll as a foam roller for scap retractions. We have used laundry detergent as heavier weights and another patient has even been using a potato for grip squeezing exercises (she may have drawn a face on it and now it is also company!).