After a work injury, travel to and from rehabilitation can be time-consuming and inconvenient. It can interfere with work schedules, childcare, and more. Because of this, there has been a growing interest in a new form of rehabilitation called “telerehab” or virtual physical therapy.
Telerehab can serve as a replacement for an in-person visit to an outpatient facility. Although not all forms of treatment can be offered this way, there are online exercise demos, virtual workout supervision, and secure communication tools that can make telerehab a viable option for some people. There are also valuable remote services that can supplement and thereby reduce in-person visits, including patient follow-ups, questions and answers, home treatment plans, and consultations with specialists.
Telerehab can be done with the use of a cell phone, a tablet, or a computer, and it can include the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal care management. The process can be completed through live or pre-recorded videos and mobile apps. Patient monitoring can be done remotely by using health and fitness trackers or through patient self-reporting. Injured workers can even have access to live, one-on-one treatment with a physical therapist.
The process of telerehab can begin with online videoconferencing, and can evolve to live, face-to-face interaction. If an injured worker is assigned a remote home exercise program, they can get access to automated solutions when they are not with the physical therapist to monitor their progress.
Although not every condition is appropriate for telerehab, it could eventually become an important resource for Workers’ Compensation claimants. There are many conditions for which physical therapy can be handled remotely, including common sprains and strains, lateral epicondylitis, early carpal tunnel syndrome, and much more.
If you or a loved one has suffered a work injury, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross. Our legal team has vast experience in protecting workers’ rights. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 215-512-1500 or 267-589-0090, or complete our online form for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in Philadelphia.