Welcome to Virtual Care
at Go West Physiotherapy Clinic
As of May 19, 2020, the Provincial Government and The College of Physical Therapists of BC (CPTBC) have allowed practitioners to "resume in-person services in a way that promotes safe care to patients and, continues to prevent the spread of the virus." To see if you qualify as an allowable exception, go to Phase 3 Guidelines.
In the meantime, our College recommended that we continue with Virtual Care / TeleHealth as clinically appropriate. I have found it is a challenge trying to do an assessment this way. The person and/or the camera has to do a lot of moving about in-order for me to get the information I want. It is hard not to want to "reach" through the screen to assist with assessing or help the injured body part. For the many people that have attended my Clinic, they know I take a very hands-on approach. I assess and work through my hands, and they have benefited from the different types of manual therapy I provide. Physiotherapy through virtual care has been an adjustment for me - it can help to ascertain a basic amount of information, but is inconsistent with the way I work and it lessens many instinctive clues one can get with an in-person visit.
However, Virtual Care / TeleHealth is very useful to review and provide exercises and education. These same people that have attended my Clinic know that I place high importance on providing education and home programs. The goal is to help everyone become more independent and less dependent on going to Physiotherapy. Considering that 50-75% of a physiotherapy treatment consists of these aspects, Virtual Care allows me to continue to provide these very important services. It does not replace traditional Physiotherapy, nor is it not for every person or every condition.
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