Making the Most of Virtual Physical Therapy

Making the Most of Virtual Physical Therapy

Conducting meetings and appointments from home has become a big part of our lives in recent years. Services like virtual telehealth appointments increase in popularity every day as an alternative to in-person office visits. That is why OrthoBethesda is now offering virtual physical therapy appointments to help you get the treatment you need right from the comfort of your home. 

Take a look at some of these tips to make sure you can make the most of your next remote appointment.

Check Your Internet Speed and Connection

When it comes to online appointments, it’s smart to double-check that your devices are properly connected to the internet. You’ll need a speedy, reliable connection during your virtual physical therapy appointment to ensure high-quality video and audio performance. Doing this will increase the time dedicated to meaningful dialogue and action and improve the overall quality of your experience. 

Remove the possibility for interruptions due to a slow connection by checking your speed beforehand. A simple tool like SpeedTest by Ookla is a fast and easy way to confirm the speed and reliability of your service. 

Set up Any Equipment Beforehand

Just like during a regular visit, you’ll need adequate space to set up any equipment needed to perform the exercises successfully. Look for an open area in your home that enables you to set up a yoga mat, a stationary bike or any other kind of equipment. Your physical therapist will also need to have a sufficient view of you, so consider placing your computer or tablet a few feet from your exercise area. 

Being prepared before the appointment starts will help you optimize the time on the call and make sure you get the most out of your virtual physical therapy. 

Set Up Any Equipment Beforehand

Use Headphones

The combination of communication and exercising is essential for a productive remote physical therapy appointment. To do this, we suggest using a pair of Bluetooth headphones throughout your appointment. These headphones will allow you to move freely and exercise more naturally while maintaining your line of communication with your physical therapist. 

Relax and Listen to Your Physical Therapist

This remote experience is new and different, so it will take some time to get used to it. It’s important to listen to your physical therapist and focus on taking the process one step at a time. Take a breath if you run into any technological bumps in the road, and be willing to ask for help if you need it. Make sure you talk to your physical therapist to understand any recommendations or updates to your treatment plan and when you should schedule follow-up appointments. 

Try out Virtual Physical Therapy With OrthoBethesda

Are you interested in scheduling a remote physical therapy appointment? Our fantastic team of physical therapists are dedicated to helping you receive the superior care you deserve. To learn more about our virtual physical therapy services or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (301) 804-1137.