Virtual Physical Therapy

While the push for voluntary isolation and social distancing due to the coronavirus is problematic in many ways, its intention is to keep people safe. However, it could make it harder for people to get the physical therapy they need. Fortunately, Excel Sports & Physical Therapy is now offering virtual physical therapy in addition to in-clinic visits so our team can continue to treat your aches and pains if you need to remain in your home.

What is virtual therapy?

This type of physical therapy is performed on a live video connection over the internet.  During a virtual physical therapy session, you can see, hear and follow the instructions of your physical therapists, and they can see and hear you to monitor your progress and answer your questions. 

Virtual physical therapy allows you to:

  • Talk with a therapist over a live audio and video link
  • Get answers to questions about your symptoms or condition progression
  • Receive tips that can help you more effectively do normal daily tasks
  • Learn important information about your injury or medical condition
  • Perform therapeutic exercises and stretches recommended by your therapist

What can virtual physical therapy treat?

Many patients can benefit from virtual physical therapy, and it can be used to treat several issues. A few issues that virtual physical therapy is commonly used for include: 

  • Post-surgical rehab — Continuing post-surgical rehab is important. But these patients can also have weaker immune systems. In turn, this can increase their risk of catching COVID-19. Virtual physical therapy can help you continue your rehab program from home. 
  • Stroke recovery — A stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked or damaged. This issue can lead to significant function problems. Virtual physical therapy can help stroke patients stay on track with their recovery plan. 

Patients with many other issues can also use virtual physical therapy, including those who have: 

How much will virtual physical therapy cost?

Virtual physical therapy care is covered by most major insurances in the same way as an in-person 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. 

How can I make sure my virtual physical therapy session goes smoothly?

Our team wants to help ensure that your virtual physical therapy session goes as smoothly as possible. There are several steps we recommend patients taking to increase the likelihood of a trouble-free session. These steps are: 

  • Ensure the device you’ll be using has a functioning camera, microphone and speaker.
  • Check your email for session confirmation and information.
  • Make sure your internet browser is updated
  • Have an open, well-lit space prepared for your session. 
  • Ensure that your device is securely positioned. 
  • Check that your device can be used hands-free during therapeutic exercises and stretches. 
  • Confirm that your internet or mobile data connection is stable. 

Excel Sports & Physical Therapy offers virtual physical therapy

Are you interested in trying virtual physical therapy? Our team at Excel Sports & Physical Therapy is ready and willing to assist you. We’re offering this service to help our current patients stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We also encourage new patients to try this service as well.

Take the next step to start having virtual physical therapy sessions with our experienced therapy specialists. Contact our team for more information about virtual physical therapy today or to schedule an initial virtual appointment.