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How Does Tele‐Physiotherapy Work?

Really EASY! You simply connect online for a video physiotherapy session in real‐time using a computer, laptop, tablet or smart‐phone. Prior to your appointment, you will receive an email with the secured link to your session. Simply clicking on the link will enable video and audio with your physiotherapist. Any required paperwork will also be emailed to you ahead of time.

What to Expect From Your Virtual Physiotherapy Session?

I provide virtual or video consultations to all of my patients. This is what I will be doing during the online video physiotherapy session:
Take a full history and listen to your concerns, and answer any questions you may have
Assess and accurately diagnose your injury, area of pain or concern
Evaluate your range of motion and strength, and observe functional movements
Explain the cause of your pain, condition or injury – and how to manage it
Exercise prescription, supervised therapeutic exercise and appropriate progressions. Videos and PDF’s of the information you need with the use of PhysiTrack software
Provide a full rehabilitation plan to follow in your own environment
Progress or modify your current treatment plan to better match your personal goals
Provide self directed soft tissue and self joint mobilization techniques
Help train another person (at your place) to assist you with exercises or stretches
Provide an ergonomic assessment in real‐time and recommend necessary equipment

As you can imagine, I cannot provide manual therapy, modalities, such as ultrasound, laser and electro‐therapy, or acupuncture/dry needling using virtual physiotherapy.

Are There Any Benefits To Virtual Physiotherapy Over In‐Person?

I highly value the face‐to‐face interactions with my patients. However, when in‐person sessions are not feasible, research suggests that video physiotherapy is a viable alternative. Not only do you receive care from the comfort of your own home, but it also allows your physiotherapist to adapt your home program specifically to your home environment on the spot. It also encourages more active partnership from patients with their therapist towards specific rehabilitation goals.

Is Tele‐health or Virtual Physiotherapy Covered By Insurance?

Yes, the majority of extended health benefit plans in Ontario (which cover in‐person physiotherapy) cover telehealth physiotherapy sessions.

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