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.
Waku Goto, Clinic Team Manager and Physiotherapist at Melrose Physiotherapy Toronto – pt Health has been offering virtual physiotherapy here for the past few weeks.
Today, we’re talking to Waku about his experience with this service so far.
Q: Tell us about the type of treatments you can provide through virtual physiotherapy.
A: Through virtual care we can provide:
– Diagnosis and prognosis of your condition
– Activity modification and symptom management strategies
– Guided home exercise programs and exercise progressions
– Self-treatment techniques
– Movement and gait analysis
– In-depth education specific to your condition
A: The patient experience so far has been great! Many of my patients were unsure of how the sessions were going to play out but are very satisfied with what they’re getting out of them. They feel that the sessions are helping them feel more confident and empowered to take control of their rehabilitation process. Providing virtual care is helping them stay active within their homes while still practicing physical distancing.
Throughout this process, I’ve been grateful to maintain the connections I’ve developed with my patients and am happy to see them progress through their treatment. They are continually holding themselves accountable to their therapy and the results are evident!
Q: Can you share your favourite story of how you helped a patient with virtual care?
A: My favourite story of helping a patient through virtual care was with a patient experiencing acute low back pain. Initially, the patient was very distraught, in excruciating pain and concerned about the injury’s potential long-term negative effects on his ability to work and participate in his hobbies.
However, throughout the session, we were able to improve his symptoms and change his outlook on the condition by diagnosing the issue, discussing the prognosis, dispelling common myths and negative beliefs, setting personal rehabilitation goals, going over temporary activity modification and symptom management strategies and introducing mobility and light strengthening exercises.
While it was great to see the patient experience improvements in his symptoms during the initial session, it was truly gratifying to equip the patient with the confidence, knowledge and skills to be an active driver of his rehabilitation. The patient is continuing to improve with each session and has made a major lifestyle change to regularly incorporate physical activity in his weekly routine ever since!