If you are finding yourself with aches and pains while practicing social distancing, you might want to consider virtual physiotherapy treatment. But you may wonder, can virtual physiotherapy actually help me?
After a full month of treating patients through virtual care I can answer that question with a resounding YES!
On today’s blog, I’m sharing a recent case study with you so you can see how effective virtual care can be. (Patient consent was obtained to share this case study and photos for the blog).
In late January, Ms. X fell while skating and landed on her right arm, which caused a traumatic fracture and dislocation of her wrist. Luckily, no surgery was needed and she was treated conservatively with a cast for 6 weeks. When the cast was removed in mid-March, her orthopaedic surgeon recommended she start physiotherapy to regain her range of motion and strength; however, most clinics had already closed due to COVID-19.
At her online virtual care assessment, Ms. X had very limited ability to turn her forearm so her palm could face upward (supination). Over a few virtual visits, Ms. X received treatment that included: education on what anatomical structures were affected by her injury, detailed instructions on self-mobilization and massage techniques to target her tight muscles, and a tailored, progressive exercise program to help regain her wrist range of motion and strength. Each week her treatment program was adjusted to help further improve her strength and range of motion.
We took weekly pictures to measure her progress and make sure we were making meaningful improvements in range of motion. The first picture shows Ms. X at her initial visit, with very limited range of motion. In the very last picture you can see how her wrist range of motion is almost fully restored – an amazing difference! With regular virtual care sessions and Ms. X’s diligence in performing her home exercise program, her range of motion and strength have improved significantly. Most importantly, Ms. X has started returning to her regular activities and hobbies, and has also returned to work.
As you can see from this case study, virtual physiotherapy is an effective way of providing evidence-based assessment and treatment services that can help you achieve your recovery goals.
If you are still wondering if virtual care is right for you, book online or call for a free virtual or phone consultation. I’d be happy to answer your questions.