Telehealth Physical Therapy in NYC
Virtual Physical Therapy Services in New York City
Telehealth physical therapy uses telecommunication technologies to provide remote physical therapy services. This can include video conferencing, telemonitoring, and other forms of telehealth.
Telehealth physical therapy can be used to provide care for various conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, neurological disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and more. It can also be used to provide rehabilitation following an injury or surgery.
Remote physical therapy has been shown to produce effective patient outcomes such as reducing pain, improving function, and reducing the need for hospitalization. In addition, it is a convenient and cost-effective way to receive physical therapy services.
If you are interested in remote physical therapy, schedule a consultation with our physical therapists at Paspa Physical Therapy in Manhattan, NY.
Our highly skilled physical therapists provide excellent care and personalized treatment plans. Call or book an appointment online with us today!
Why Should I Choose Telehealth Physical Therapy?
Do you have a very busy work schedule and find it difficult to attend physical therapy in person? Do you find it difficult to complete home exercises without supervision?
There are many reasons why a patient might choose telehealth physical therapy over an in-person visit. Some of the pros and cons of remote physical therapy are mentioned in the following paragraphs.
What Are the Pros of Telehealth Services?
Telehealth Physical therapy can be an effective way to receive quality care without scheduling in-person visits.
Some of the pros of telehealth physical therapy services are:
- You can receive care from the comfort of your own home.
- It’s more convenient than traveling to an appointment.
- You can see a physical therapist who specializes in your specific condition.
- It’s often more affordable than in-person physical therapy.
What Are the Cons of Telehealth Services?
There are a few potential drawbacks to telehealth physical therapy that patients should be aware of.
Some of the cons of telehealth physical therapy include:
- It requires reliable internet access and access to a computer or mobile device with video capabilities. If you live in an area with poor internet connectivity, telehealth may not be an option for you.
- Telehealth appointments can sometimes be less personal than in-person care, as you will not be able to meet face-to-face with your therapist.
- Your insurance coverage may not include telehealth services, so be sure to check with your provider before scheduling an appointment.
Ideal Candidates for Remote Physical Therapy in NYC
When it comes to telehealth physical therapy, certain qualities make an ideal candidate.
First and foremost, they should be comfortable using technology for their appointments. This means being able to connect with their therapist via video conferencing or another type of telecommunication.
In addition, telehealth patients should have a positive attitude and be willing to work hard to achieve their goals. They should also be able to follow instructions well and be comfortable communicating with their therapist regularly.
Finally, telehealth physical therapy patients should be open to trying new things, which is often necessary to progress in their treatment. Usually, existing and returning patients have an easier time working with telehealth physical therapists.
What Should I Expect During My First Telemedicine Physical Therapy Appointment?
If you’ve never had a telemedicine physical therapy appointment before, you may be wondering what to expect. Listed below are some key things to keep in mind.
During your virtual session, your telehealth physical therapist will:
- Make a head-to-toe assessment of how your body moves.
- Look over your posture and discuss a plan to restore symmetry.
- Identify the source of your problem areas.
- Ask questions to find the answers about what your rehab goals are.
- Determine a plan of action that gets you on track to meet these goals.
If you are an established patient, the therapist will walk you through strengthening exercises, stretches, and range of motion exercises appropriate for your diagnosis.
The physical therapist will demonstrate and watch you perform exercises to ensure that you perform them correctly.
As in the clinic, the physical therapist will chart your progress and document each visit to ensure continued improvement.
If you have any questions or concerns during your telemedicine physical therapy appointment, be sure to let your physical therapist know. They are there to help you reach your rehabilitation goals!
Will I Be Given Exercises to Perform at Home?
Yes, you will also be provided with a mobile-friendly at-home exercise program to perform between each appointment. In addition, we provide a video program for our patients, which allows them to watch tutorials and follow along as the exercise is performed.
Each exercise parameter is entered into your program to ensure you stay compliant with your practitioner’s assigned guidelines.
What Kind of Equipment Do I Need?
All you need is an internet or data connection via computer, smartphone, iPad, or tablet with a camera and speaker. Internet speed should be at least 15 Mbps for downloads and at least 5 Mbps for uploads. This will allow for a clear video experience.
Your therapist will email you a link that you would simply click on to join a telehealth meeting. You may need to download a telehealth platform on a specific app such as Zoom or Google Meet. Your provider will email you before your appointment to let you know.
How Should I Set Up My Home for Telehealth Physical Therapy?
You should have a mat or carpeted surface and enough space to allow the physical therapist to see your entire body from head to toe in standing and lying down. You should also wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move easily and perform exercises.
Will My Insurance Pay For Virtual Physical Therapy?
Most insurance agencies are now approving telehealth as a means to deliver physical therapy at no extra cost to the patient. We highly recommend you check with your insurance plan to determine your eligibility.
In New York, most health insurance providers reimburse patients at the same rate, whether a service is provided in-person or through telehealth. We are now able to deliver telehealth and receive reimbursement from most third-party payors/private insurances.
Paspa Physical Therapy will bill your insurance directly and collect copays; however, we still hold our patients responsible for knowing their telehealth physical therapy benefits.
Our front office is always available and willing to help you understand your benefits.
Schedule an Appointment with Paspa Physical Therapy in NYC
Paspa Physical Therapy is one of the most highly recognized orthopedic and sports physical therapy practices in New York City. Our highly trained physical therapists are dedicated to helping patients of all ages and abilities.
We provide high-quality care, which includes patient education and personalized treatment plans. Call us or book an appointment with us online today!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Does Online Physical Therapy Work?
Telehealth physical therapy can be used for a variety of purposes including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. Patients can receive one-on-one sessions with a telehealth physical therapist, or they can participate in group sessions with other telehealth patients.
During the virtual physical therapy sessions, the telehealth therapist can provide exercises and stretches for the patient to do at home, as well as guidance on how to properly perform these activities.
Can You Do Telemedicine on a Tablet?
Yes, our patients can access their telehealth appointments via phone, tablet, or computer.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Telemedicine?
There are a number of conditions that can be treated with telehealth physical therapy. These include:
- Chronic pain
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Mobility issues
- Balance problems
Book an Appointment
Book an appointment with us at Paspa Physical Therapy in Manhattan, New York, for a consultation and customized program to cater to your specific needs.