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Telehealth for physical therapy
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Introduction to telehealth for physical therapy

Physical therapy has traditionally been considered a health care discipline requiring in-person care and supervision. With in-clinic appointments, physical therapists can perform a direct physical examination and hands-on treatment techniques designed to strengthen muscles and tendons associated with an injury.

But conducting physical therapy services through telehealth can be an effective, convenient, lower-cost mode of care for you and your patients.

Patients can enjoy greater access to treatment if they live in rural and remote areas and can receive care from the comfort of their own homes. Health care providers receive greater scheduling flexibility and can help to reduce staff burnout.

This guide will highlight the needs and procedures for a telehealth physical therapy program.

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