Ontario Neurological Rehabilitation: Home Care Neuro-Physiotherapy

Virtual Physiotherapy​

How Does Virtual Physiotherapy Work? Benefits Backed by Research

Thanks to the development of telemedicine, Physiotherapists have recently been able to check, diagnose, and treat patients who are in distant places via telecommunications networks. According to the results of a recent study [1], telerehabilitation can provide outstanding therapeutic benefits in terms of physical function that are equivalent to those attained through more conventional face-to face rehabilitation treatments.

Another research [2] has shown that telerehabilitation offers several therapeutic benefits besides operational advantages, including cost and time savings. These include lowering rates of hospital readmission and hospitalization, encouraging early rehabilitation unit discharge, promoting quick access to outpatient rehabilitation services, reducing waitlists, boosting care efficiency while containing costs, preserving continuity of care, encouraging early returning to work, minimizing patient travel that isn’t necessary for in-person care, and resulting in better patient satisfaction.

Virtual Physiotherapy – also known as digital, or telehealth PT– is an effective way to continue treatment when an in-person visit to a clinic isn’t possible.

Virtual Physiotherapy Service Area

The Ontario Neurological Rehabilitation provides virtual physiotherapy services to patients from following districts:

● Algoma District
● Greater Sudbury District
● Nipissing District
● Timiskaming District
● Cochrane District
● Northwestern Ontario
● Kenora District
● Rainy River District
● Thunder Bay District

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Tele-rehabilitation is the delivery of physiotherapy services at a distance using information and communication technologies such as videoconferencing, email, applications, internet communication, and wearable technologies. 

Tel- rehabilitation have good clinical benefits similar to traditional face-to face rehabilitation treatments, according to a recent comprehensive study that was published in the Physical Therapy journal.

The answer is that the price of virtual rehabilitation is far lower than that of an in-person visit.You can kindly check the section on fees for the breakdown of the cost.

Some illnesses are amenable to treatment via online physiotherapy, which is most effective for patients who are self-sufficient and able to follow the directions for their treatment. Contact us if you are unclear whether or not your condition may be addressed remotely.

Because online therapy sessions are carried out through video conversations, you will need a computer or tablet that is equipped with a camera, speaker, microphone, and a good internet connection to participate. Please also ensure that you have a clutter-free place, as well as an adequate amount of space, in which you can comfortably carry out a variety of exercises and motions. These movements may include leg and arm movements, sitting and standing, and
squats, etc. 

Before beginning therapy with us, we kindly ask that you first confirm with your health insurance company whether the costs of telerehabilitation are covered by your policy. After each of your sessions, you will get a detailed receipt that contains your physiotherapist’s identity an license number. This receipt may be used for filing insurance payments and getting reimbursements.

Physiotherapists in Ontario are only allowed to treat patients who are residents of Ontario. We are only allowed to treat people who are residents of the same area as us and must have a license that is valid in the province in which we operate. Even if you live in Ontario but are out of the province at the moment, we can still assist you.

Patient confidentiality is our top priority. NO VIDEO OR AUDIO CLIP will be recorded in any form. Like any other medical treatments that would take place in a face-to face setting, your patient info will be kept confidential between you and our physiotherapists.

There’s no need to be referred to us by your doctor if you’re paying for the treatment yourself. However, clients who pay with insurance may need a referral from their GP. Check your policy first to see if you require a referral.

All of our physiotherapists are registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. We can provide you with their registration number if desired, which you can use to check their details on the College PT website.

References:

  1. Suso-Martí L, La Touche R, Herranz-Gómez A, Angulo-Díaz-Parreño S, Paris-Alemany A, Cuenca-Martínez F. Effectiveness of Telerehabilitation in Physical Therapist Practice: An Umbrella and Mapping Review With Meta-Meta-Analysis. Phys Ther. 2021 May 4;101(5):pzab075. doi: 10.1093/ptj/pzab075. PMID: 33611598; PMCID: PMC7928612. Web link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33611598/
  2. Telerehabilitation In Physiotherapy During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Ontario Physiotherapy Association. Web link:  https://opa.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Telerehab-in-Physiotherapy-During-COVID-19-Pandemic-Survey-Report.pdf