We’ve all gotten used to doing work meetings, family get-togethers and many other things virtually thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many people still haven’t tried virtual visits to a physical therapist.
Virtual physical therapy goes by many other names that you also may have seen. It’s called telehealth physical therapy by some and telerehab by others. No matter what it’s called, the basis of this service is the same: meeting with a certified physical therapist over a secure internet connection. The use of telehealth services increased significantly after the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the number of telehealth visits in the U.S. increased by 50% in the first quarter of 2020.
Having a virtual physical therapy visit is a great option for many people. Further, there are several groups of people who are in a position to greatly benefit from this service.
Three groups of people who should consider virtual physical therapy visits:
- People who don’t drive — There are millions of drivers in the U.S., so we tend to take it for granted that every adult can drive. However, this isn’t always the case. Many people who live in cities don’t have a car because of traffic congestion and the availability of public transportation. Older adults are often unable to drive anymore. Fortunately, non-driving Americans can get their PT through virtual visits.
- Busy parents — Parents always seem to have a million things going on, but 2020 increased the pressure on parents exponentially. Although many kids are now going back to the classroom, parents may still find it difficult to get to in-person PT sessions. Telerehab allows parents to have more flexibility in scheduling their appointments. It also erases the time needed to get kids ready and drive time.
- People with anxiety — Anxiety can be triggered by so many things. Many people feel anxious about going to see a doctor or being in a new place. Even the fear of getting bad news can lead to anxiety. Virtual PT allows people to reduce the number of anxiety triggers they must confront to get physical therapy. Also, this service allows anxious patients to remain in their comfortable and familiar home environment.
Turn to Agile Virtual PT for your virtual physical therapy visits
Are you ready to try a virtual physical therapy visit? Our team at Agile Virtual PT is primed to assist you. We’re licensed to operate in 42 U.S. states, and our team is made up of fully certified and highly experienced clinicians. Our clinicians have also been able to help 93% of the patients they’ve seen decrease their pain.
Contact our team today for more information about what we can treat during a virtual PT session or to schedule an initial appointment.