What to expect from virtual physical therapy — a quick overview

What to expect from virtual physical therapy

It’s safe to say almost everyone has been surprised with how quickly and drastically our lives have been changed with the coronavirus outbreak and resulting COVID-19 pandemic. With orders from government agencies regarding social distancing and sheltering in place being the norm, people are making choices about what aspects of their life to put on hold and how to continue with those we decide are essential. 

If you are undergoing physical therapy or are considering it for the management of an injury or chronic condition or for post-surgical rehabilitation, it’s critical that you commit yourself to getting the care you need. As an alternative to in-office physical therapy sessions, virtual physical therapy offers patients the ability to interact one-on-one with a therapist through a safe and secure platform without having to leave their home. 

During this ongoing public health emergency, Panther Physical Therapy is committed to the health and safety of our patients, which is why we’re now offering virtual physical therapy. We’ve created the following easy-to-understand guide to give patients a clearer picture of what to expect from this method of delivering physical therapy. 

Virtual physical therapy offers a seamless experience with a professional therapist 

The idea behind virtual physical therapy, also known as remote physical therapy, is simple. By using video conferencing technology, similar to Skype or FaceTime, you can connect in real time with a physical therapist just as if you were there in the clinic. This allows you to receive a remarkably similar treatment experience to an in-person appointment. 

At Panther Physical Therapy, we use a secure video communication platform that doesn’t require installing or configuring separate applications, and it can be run on nearly any device, including tablets, phones, laptops and desktop computers. Here’s what you can expect from virtual physical therapy sessions through Panther PT: 

  • A secure and safe experience — This platform is built with the needs of physical therapy patients and therapists in mind. It is user-friendly, it’s designed to protect patient health information and it allows you to stay on top of your treatment without leaving the comfort of home. 
  • Personalized treatment — Virtual physical therapy allows you to receive feedback on your exercises and overall progress as if you were right there in the clinic. 
  • Affordable care — Virtual physical therapy is covered the same under most major insurance plans as with an in-person clinic visit. Our team also accepts credit and debit as well as Flexible Spending Account (FSA) and Health Savings Account (HSA) payments for Medicare, Medicaid and self-pay patients.

While some treatments, such as manual therapy, can only be performed in a clinic, virtual physical therapy is perfect for getting feedback on exercises and receiving postural and movement training.

Learn more about what to expect from virtual physical therapy

Our licensed and experienced therapists have received dedicated training in this exciting option for physical therapy. In this current situation, staying active and mobile is more important than ever, and Panther PT can help you ensure that you get the guidance you need. 

To learn more and schedule your initial virtual appointment, contact us today.