Pelvic Telehealth: Virtual PT!

Your PT clinic is closed OR you’re afraid to go if it’s open. Now what?

By now, we’ve all heard of COVID-19 and are practicing social distance measures to some extent. Businesses, activities and social events are cancelled and closed. And for our patients and those of many pelvic health clinics in town, so is physical therapy. While some practices have remained open, our philosophy first is to do no harm. We have temporarily stopped our in-person visits at the clinic and have transitioned our practice to 100% virtual to ensure we are providing safe care until we are able to return to our physical space.

What is a virtual visit?

Virtual/ telehealth and phone sessions can be valuable for your physical therapy, whether your first or fifth visit! Telehealth sessions are live video sessions where you and your provider can see one another in real time; phone sessions allow you to consult your provider by talking but without the live video connection.  While we cannot provide hands-on assessments and treatment during telehealth sessions, we are still able to provide skilled care to help you start and progress your care.

What types of patients can use telehealth?

Many of our patients may benefit from telehealth as their initial session and for follow up sessions.  If you have diastasis,  bladder/ bowel symptoms or want to address peri or post-menopausal issues related to muscle and bone health, we can get you started. Likewise, we are able to begin and progress treatment for pelvic, hip and back conditions as well as painful sex, genital pain and abdominal pain due to endometriosis and other conditionsPregnancy and postpartum symptoms? We can help there too. There may be circumstances that require an in-person visit to start or continue care. If you are wondering if telehealth is a good fit for you, contact us and we will help determine the best options for you.

 

 

What can you DO during a telehealth visit?

We prefer in-person sessions whenever possible. However, a virtual option was always something we wanted to offer for those traveling from afar, people with tight work schedules who couldn’t come in person, and for our parents managing a household around school sports, activities, naps and illness.  While we can’t offer hands-on assessment and treatment, here are all of the things we CAN do:

Telehealth visits allow us to observe your movement, teach you new exercises and give real-time feedback and updates according to your needs. Bladder & bowel programs, dilator progression, exercises, downtraining and self care strategies can all be progressed remotely if you are unable to meet in person with your provider.  We can continue to update your home program and instructions via email, as well as make modifications and updates as you feel better or if you experience a flareup. We also offer private one-on-one medical therapeutic yoga sessions as part of our wellness services for those interested in learning more about the body-mind-breath connection.

Getting started

There’s no need to wait! If you are feeling stuck and out there on your own, we can get you started and help you hit the re-set button. We look forward to connecting with you virtually and ultimately in person! Set up your session- email us today through our website or to admin@carolinapelvichealth.com.