Have an experienced Australian musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) diagnose and offer treatment advice specific to your injury and dysfunction from the comfort of your own home or office via an online Physiotherapy consultation.
How Does an Online Physiotherapy Consultation Work?
At its core, an online Physical Therapy consultation delivers the same service as an in-clinic consultation – just delivered online.
As the name suggests, an online Physiotherapy consultation is perfect for those unable to seek help in person.
The following are common reasons to have an online Physiotherapy Consultation:
- Live remotely
- Lack of time for in-person Physiotherapy
- Injury while away on holiday/overseas
- Looking to learn more about your condition
- Wanting a second opinion
- Temporarily housebound
And in order to best meet your consultation goals it’s important to familiarize yourself with the process.
1. Online Physiotherapy Assessment
Like any regular Physical Therapy assessment, your therapist will need to ask a series of specific questions to fully understand the nature of your complaint.
You may also perform a series of physical movements and tests to round out your diagnosis.
The Physical Therapist will then work with you to make a plan for your recovery.
2. Online Physiotherapy Treatment
After achieving a clear diagnosis your therapist will likely provide in-depth education on the following:
- What your injury is
- Why it occurred
- Likely lifestyle factors involved in your injury
- Recommendations for work and activity going forwards
- Estimated time of recovery
Your Physiotherapist will also provide an exercise program tailored specifically to your needs. These exercises typically focus on improving any deficits in strength, mobility, posture and body mechanics.
As your condition improves, these exercises will change and progress with you. Once you feel your rehabilitation is complete we can prescribe more exercises to help maintain your status and prevent reoccurrence.
Physiotherapy is not just about assessments, diagnoses, education and treatment, it’s also about support. So it’s important to feel you have the capacity to ask questions and seek guidance with an online Physiotherapy consultation.
Video Chat Software
In order to have your online Physiotherapy consultation we need to use appropriate video chat software.
We currently support the following programs:
Meet Your Online Physiotherapist – Grant
Grant is a friendly and approachable Australian musculoskeletal Physiotherapist currently living in America. Upon graduating in 2006, he has become intensely passionate about trying to better understand and solve the many aches and pains we experience everyday. Grant has the clinical experience and expertise to help you understand the cause and likely path to freedom from your complaints.
Book an appointment with Grant.
If you have read our FAQ (below) and still have questions, please feel free to get in touch with Grant at [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
At this stage we prefer to use Viber, WhatsApp or FaceTime for our online Physiotherapy consultations.
In order to get the most from your online Physical Therapy consultation please come prepared with the following:
1. Loose or appropriate clothing to assist examination
2. Enough space around/behind you to perform tests/exercises
3. Any medical scans – MRI, X-Ray etc
4. Plenty of questions!
Any musculoskeletal injury is appropriate for an online Physiotherapy consultation. If we feel you may need a referral to a specialist or for further medical testing we will tell you. Despite this, it is highly likely we can help you in some way.
No, you do not require a referral to have an online Physiotherapy consultation.
Unfortunately we do not currently support the use of insurance with online Physiotherapy consultations.
An experienced Physiotherapist will be able to diagnose your condition by asking a series of in-depth questions and getting you to perform particular movements and tests.
Much like an in-clinic consultation your therapist may need to observe the painful area for clues as to the cause of your pain. In some instances you may need to remove, lift up, or pull aside particular items of clothing to increase the accuracy of your diagnosis. HOWEVER, under no circumstances should you be made to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable. Your therapist may politely ask if absolutely necessary, but please feel free to decline if needed.
Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, your therapist will provide you with the necessary means to self-treat your condition. This may include education, home strength and mobility exercises and ways to treat your own symptoms. This has been shown to increase compliance, empowerment and the sustainability of long-term rehab results. Your therapist will let you know the best way to treat your condition going forward.
Once you have chosen and paid for your online Physiotherapy consultations or consultation packages, please email [email protected] to arrange an appointment. Please be aware of any time-zone differences when looking to schedule an appointment. This may also mean your consultation falls after hours or during the weekend. You are most welcome to contact us in advance if you have any questions.
Your therapist will make sure you understand what’s required to treat your condition going forward during your online Physiotherapy consultation. You will receive a written summary of your treatment plan within 24-48 hours of your online Physiotherapy consultation depending on demand and any time zone differences.
In short, nothing. A Physical Therapist is often considered the American version of the more widely used name for rehabilitation and recovery specialists – the Physiotherapist. The terms can be used interchangeably.