Introduction- Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome corona virus 2 (SARS-Cov-2), is a multisystem infectious disease which has led to a global pandemic.
Tele-medicine is a tool to connect patients and health care professions while maintaining social distancing and restrictions. Tele-physiotherapy is a field of physiotherapy which has the advantage of providing therapy.
Digitalization & automation have proved to be the solution in this challenging phase. Tele rehabilitation increases the level of treatment for people with disorders in both physical & mental wellbeing, lowers hospital expenses. These studies would give the overall idea of how the social, economic, cultural & psychological aspects are influenced by the pandemic.
“Tele-physiotherapy is the development of tele-monitoring systems to facilitate independent rehabilitations of patients within their own homes”.
Telephysiotherapy using telephone medium improved quality of life (QoL) in patients with knee OA comparable to clinic based treatment.
Telephysiotherapy program is provided by the physiotherapist who designs the exercise schedule, sets, and repetitions for the patient which is to be performed by the patient in their home environment. Patients are provided with a detailed orientation about the exercise program by the physiotherapist, accessed by mobile phone, tablet, computer, video calls, and pre-recorded video material. The physiotherapist accurately monitors the progress of the patient from each session through telecommunication. Thus enabling the professional to track patients compliance to the exercise program.
The effects of COVID-19, such as the prevalence of the virus in hospital settings as well as an increased workload, are likely to be present for quite some time still. Prioritizing sleep & your well-being & combining this with good practices of nutrition, physical activity & mental health care will be important to prevent burnout & fatigue and the risk of the more negative effects associated with contracting the virus.
Ms. Harshika Gupta, BPT – IV Year, Department of Physiotherapy, School Of Health & Allied Sciences, Career Point University, Kota