Telehealth, or online physiotherapy consultation is a rapidly expanding area of physiotherapy. Numerous studies have shown it can be an effective form of treatment. In physio clinics, there are 2 main types of treatment modalities, being ACTIVE AND PASSIVE(hands on) techniques. Active treatment techniques help patients to recover and feel confident that they can manage their injuries well. Whilst there is always a place for hands on therapy, telehealth is ideal for delivering our suite of ACTIVE treatment techniques. FAQ'S Is telehealth physio appropriate for my injury? Most NEW musculoskeletal injury problems that are not caused by trauma (fall, car accident, impact) can be managed well with telehealth. If you are unsure, please call ahead of time. During your telehealth consult we will advise you if your injury requires further investigation eg imaging, specialist doctor and can refer on for this.
Telehealth sessions are convenient for physiotherapy management of POST SURGICAL conditions for people who have limited mobility and are unable to get in to the clinic (or live remotely). Examples would be physiotherapy led exercises after surgery to fixate a fracture.
What happens in a telehealth consultation? 1. Injury interview: we ask you questions about your individual symptoms. This is no different to a face to face consult. A thorough injury interview is key to diagnosis. 2. Physical assessment we will ask you to move your injured body part in different directions whilst questioning 'if' and 'where' it hurts during the movements. Again this is no different to a face to face consult. 3. Guided palpation: We may guide you to palpate or "feel" particular body structures and report any painful symptoms. 4. Orthopaedic tests : There are a number of special tests that can be self administered and we will guide you through these to assist injury diagnosis 5. Injury advice and discussion: We will discuss your injury and the treatment plan, including self management strategies 6. Supervised exercise: We will demonstrate the exercises that will treat your injury using online exercise software or demonstrating ourselves. We will watch you perform these exercises and modify/correct your technique as required. 7. Self treatment: We will supervise you doing self treatment techniques such as self massage with the muscle on stretch, foam rolling, massage ball trigger point release and even self taping, if beneficial. 8. Home exercise program: We will deliver an 'e' program to follow between appointments
What equipment do I need for my consult? - Wi-fi connection and your device- phone, tablet or laptop, headphones or ear buds will help. - A quiet, open space with good lighting. - A stable surface with a book, or other object, to prop your device against (phone or tablet). Laptops screens are usually self supporting. - Your device set up to provide a good visual field that captures the whole of your body. Try this ahead of time- eg with your device set on the floor with the screen at a slight up angle, or propped on a low coffee table. Your physio can direct you to move closer or further away from your device during the consultation - Exercise equipment such as dumbbells, theraband, foam rollers, massage balls or alternatives such as 2 litre bottle full of water (=2kg) or a tennis ball. A chair or a step may be helpful.
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