Telerehabilitation and telemedicine have been around in their current form for over 20 years, but are still considered a new concept.
As the name suggests ‘tele’ refers to ‘over distance’ and the initial method of communication was the telephone. Nowadays, high speed connections and web cameras mean that the ability to perform thorough assessments and guiding treatments remotely is extremely viable and highly effective.
Many of the conditions typically seen in a clinic setting face to face with a physiotherapist are now possible to treat using modern technology. Many health care professionals are incorporating telemedicine and telerehabilitation into their practice from GPs to psychologists, dietitians – and now physiotherapists!
The benefits to the patient are:
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