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  • Writer's pictureEmma Green, PT

5 benefits of virtual physical therapy over in-person PT

In recent years, virtual physical therapy has become increasingly popular as a way for patients to receive treatment without leaving the comfort of their own homes. While traditional in-person physical therapy has been the norm for decades, virtual physical therapy offers many benefits that make it an attractive option for patients. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of virtual physical therapy over in-person physical therapy.

  1. Convenience

One of the most significant benefits of virtual physical therapy is the convenience it provides. Patients can receive treatment from anywhere, as long as they have access to a computer or mobile device and an internet connection. This means that patients can receive treatment from the comfort of their own homes, eliminating the need for travel and saving time and money. They also don't need to miss important therapy sessions if they are traveling for any reason.

2. Increased Accessibility

Virtual physical therapy also increases accessibility for patients who may have difficulty traveling or who live in remote areas without access to physical therapy services. Patients with disabilities or chronic conditions that make it difficult to leave the house may find virtual physical therapy to be a more accessible option.

3. Cost-Effective

Virtual physical therapy is often more cost-effective than in-person physical therapy, as it eliminates the need for travel and reduces the overhead costs associated with maintaining a physical therapy practice. This makes it more likely that patients will need fewer visits than a busy physical therapy mill struggling to keep its lights on with the decreasing reimbursement from insurance companies, which necessitates longer and more visits. Therefore, virtual physical therapy may be a more affordable option for patients who may not have insurance coverage for physical therapy or who are paying out of pocket.

4. Improved Patient Engagement

Virtual physical therapy has been shown to improve patient engagement and adherence to treatment plans. Patients receive real-time feedback and guidance from their physical therapist (not an unlicensed aide) during virtual sessions, which can help them stay on track with their treatment goals. Additionally, virtual physical therapy often incorporates other interactive elements that make treatment more engaging and enjoyable for patients.

5. Enhanced Privacy

Virtual physical therapy also offers enhanced privacy for patients who may be uncomfortable with in-person therapy sessions. Patients can receive treatment in the privacy of their own homes, eliminating the need for face-to-face interactions with strangers. This can be especially beneficial for patients who may want to avoid crowds for any number of reasons.

In conclusion, virtual physical therapy offers many benefits over traditional in-person physical therapy. It is convenient, accessible, cost-effective, improves patient engagement, and enhances privacy. As technology continues to advance, virtual physical therapy will likely become an even more popular option for patients seeking physical therapy treatment.

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