In the last 18 plus months, the use of telehealth and telemedicine has grown significantly in order to socially distance and minimize exposure to COVID-19. Despite vaccines, the Delta variant continues to thrive, and it’s become clear that we need to continue being vigilant, and this includes continuing to offer remote services.
Telehealth Visits Continue to Increase in Popularity
According to the Clinics for Disease Control and Prevention, telehealth visits were up 154% in the last week of March 2020, compared to the same time in 2019. This is because almost half of U.S. adults avoided in-person healthcare during the pandemic.
We’ve been hearing more about breakthrough cases – those who have been fully vaccinated but still contract COVID-19 – which means ten-to-fourteen-day quarantines, regardless of vaccination status. In a public health crisis, staying home when you’re sick is more important than ever. But that doesn’t mean you need to miss your healthcare appointments.
Consistency in Care is Important to Continued Progress
While we don’t anticipate telehealth will take over in-person visits completely, it’s become clear that it is here to stay. It’s a quick way for providers to determine what type of care you might need, and it’s especially helpful for follow-up visits after you’ve already been seen.
Don’t Cancel Your Appointment, Switch to Telehealth to Stay on Track Healing
At Peak Form, we can easily modify your in-person appointment to a virtual one. All you need to do is use a smartphone or computer, follow the link we send you, and voila! You’re ready to go. If you’re seeing a physical therapist remotely, give yourself enough space to exercise. We’ll want to see and assess your movement.
Remember, we’re not out of the woods yet with this pandemic and telehealth is still an option if you prefer it! Call ustoday for more information.