The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have stopped much of the world. Once busy streets and shops are empty, activities are cancelled and you may not even be going to work. One thing that the virus has not stopped is pain and injury. Maybe you were seeing your Physical Therapist when stay at home orders were issued. Maybe you've been having more pain and soreness in your back or neck because of all the time you've spent in front of the computer working at home, or maybe you hurt yourself over the weekend doing some yard work or exercising to relieve stress. How do you get the care you need without putting yourself or others at risk during this time of social distancing?
Telehealth / Teletherapy / Telerehabilitation
Technology like the internet, electronic medical records, online patient portals, smartphones and webcams open up treatment and intervention options that may be new to both you and your provider. Virtual platforms allow one-on-one interactions in real time. Patient portals allow uploads and updates of home exercise programs and educational materials. You may not be able to go to your PT, but your PT may be able to come virtually to you! New Jersey and New York as well as Federal Medicare rules and regulations allow Physical Therapists, Occupational and Speech Therapists to use telehealth platforms and be paid for by insurance companies. Most insurance companies cover telehealth but rules and regulations are rapidly updated and changed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the best way to find out what is available to you is to contact our office and ask!
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