As Physiotherapists, we are doing our best to assist with British Columbia’s efforts to flatten the curve and prevent our health system becoming overburdened by COVID-19. That has meant we have stopped all in-person appointments. However, it doesn’t prevent us from treating and helping our clients navigate this difficult time.
In the age of responsible social distancing, VanCity Physio’s pioneering e-health service, including TelePhysio and TeleRehab, allows us to deliver our high levels of client service remotely over the internet. In a short period of time, we’ve all become experts at using FaceTime and apps like Zoom to converse with friends – our TelePhysio service works in much the same way.
Our Physiotherapists rely heavily on visual cues and patient dialogue to diagnose physical issues. Both of these aspects can easily be services via TelePhysio.
How Effective is TelePhysio?
TelePhysio is an extremely effective method of diagnosing and treating physical issues. It has received broad support and enabled thousands of people to access physiotherapy services in an easier and more effective manner. Exhaustive studies have been carried out on the subject of TelePhysio (including one significant study here in Canada) have all shown patients enjoying the same level of care and treatment, without having to leave their home.
How the Process Works
Our first appointment together offers an opportunity to discuss the physical problems you have and for us to discover the most effective way to help you recover. We recommend wearing loose fitting, comfortable gym-type clothing and completing our intake form in advance. Once you’re all settled in, we will carry out a video assessment of your movement and discuss the issues you’ve been having. Please ensure you have a clear space located close at hand as you might be asked to demonstrate movement over the camera. Once we’ve identified the issue, we will then proceed to a tailored treatment plan that is unique to your needs.
We can then proceed to scheduling further follow-up appointments to gauge your progress. You will likely be assigned rehab exercises and movements to perform to help aid with your recovery. We understand access to gym equipment is limited due to the impact of COVID-19. We will tailor rehab plans around this to ensure smooth recovery.
Here to Help
In these challenging times, VanCity Physio is standing by to assist our clients in any way we can. To find out more, or book an appointment, contact us and we’ll be happy to help.