Telerehabilitation: How Physical Therapists Help Patients Using Remote Technology

A Patient Guide

Publication Date: March 20, 2024
Last Updated: May 22, 2024

Introduction

Introduction

  • The use of telecommunication technologies such as telephones and computers to support remote health care offers individuals greater convenience in accessing health care services.
  • Telerehabilitation can help you stay connected with your physical therapist after the initial visit. Telerehabilitation may also make it possible for you to connect with a physical therapist who is experienced in managing people with your condition even if you live in an area where access to physical therapists is limited.
  • Overall evidence supports the use of telerehabilitation by physical therapists for examination, information and treatment.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis

  • Physical therapists may perform components of an examination via telerehabilitation and use the results to inform the diagnostic process. The accuracy of the examination is comparable to an inperson visit for certain health conditions.

Treatment

Treatment

  • Telerehabilitation makes the treatment process much easier in that many visits with your physical therapist can be conducted electronically from your home.
  • You and your physical therapist should discuss whether telerehabilitation is a cost-effective option for you. Your physical therapist can help to identify and reduce any barriers to telerehabilitation services before starting your care.

Resources

Resources


Source Citation

Lee AC, Latz RL, Russell T, et al. Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapist Practice: A Clinical Practice Guideline from the American Physical Therapy Association. Physical Therapy. March 21, 2024. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzae045
 

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