“Virtual” Physical Therapy Explodes in Popularity During Coronavirus Pandemic
Virtual Online Physical Therapy Sessions Gaining in Popularity
WICHITA, Kansas – Bodyworx Physical Therapy & Concussion Center has been using a “virtual” online video platform for the past four years to treat patients who lived outside of the Wichita area. With the onslaught of the coronavirus crisis and the statewide stay-at-home order now in place, this occasionally used treatment service has now taken center stage as a way to virtually treat patients without making physical contact with them.
While physical therapists are considered essential health care providers by the Department of Homeland Security, and people are still allowed to leave their homes for medical appointments, the ability to stay at home for a medical appointment is enticing for many.
Bodyworx owner and orthopedic physical therapist Cody Barnett states, “While we are still able to safely see patients in the office who need hands on care, the virtual video platform allows us to continue therapy treatment for many of our patients who are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus or those whose treatment is primarily exercise based, thus reducing risk of coronavirus transmission. We can do many corrective exercises with patients via the video connection, plus we can even email them an individualized exercise program that includes step-by-step video instruction after the video visit is over. Patients have really embraced the technology and we have seen some incredible transformations in our patients who took advantage of video treatment sessions.”
Barnett added, “Back pain, sciatica, neck, knee, shoulder, and hip pain still go on — no matter what is happening in the world. Suffering at home with one of these conditions creates an even worse situation to be in, and we want to help people stay mobile and active —even during the coronavirus pandemic. Online virtual visits allows us to accomplish our mission and our patients happily reap the benefits.”
The virtual video visit technology is especially helpful for those who have recently undergone hip or knee replacements, or those who are recovering from knee or shoulder surgeries. All that is required is an internet connection and a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Bodyworx Physical Therapy & Concussion Center specializes in keeping people mobile, active, and off pain pills. They concentrate on the treatment of orthopedic and muscular conditions, as well as concussion testing and recovery.
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