The demand for rehabilitation and physiotherapy services is increasing as the population ages and chronic, degenerative problems and other factors resulting from today’s living conditions increase. The growth in demand generates saturation of services and increases waiting lists and, consequently, delays in receiving treatment. In some cases, the implementation of active treatments based on therapeutic exercise has been considered, but they have been unsuccessful due to the lack of adherence of the patient.
According to the most recent scientific evidence, therapeutic exercise is the most effective treatment for treating any musculoskeletal injury, taking into account long-term results. Although one of the biggest problems in the therapeutic prescription of active treatments, is the lack of patient adherence, which is around 30%.
In the current context where rehabilitation is necessary but insufficiently provided, alternative models to face-to-face rehabilitation have been created to improve coverage in a digital format. Thus, rehabilitation has adapted to new technologies and joined telemedicine with digital rehabilitation treatments.
Telerehabilitation, on the other hand, is considered a branch of telemedicine, which consists of a system of digital treatments or remote rehabilitation monitoring using technology. It has been proposed as a way to increase accessibility and improve continuity of care with the potential to save time and money. In physical therapy, digital practice would offer benefits for the purpose of facilitating efficient service delivery with therapeutic exercise prescription and tracking and monitoring the progress of patients previously treated in a face-to-face manner.
In the current context, hit by the pandemic generated by COVID-19, health services have had to adapt and prioritize the type of care and patients they receive in health care centers, limiting outpatient care and reinventing in record time the way to continue assisting patients. Digitalization in the sector has made it possible to offer quality healthcare services, giving a boost to telemedicine, which has demonstrated its positive impact in terms of the reception it has received from the patients themselves.
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The current health crisis has created a new paradigm, in which the services and products that were being offered must be adapted to the needs of the new demands. People have changed their consumption habits after the appearance of the pandemic and this new consumer is acquiring consumer services at home, opening a new range of possibilities to offer services in homes.
Digital physiotherapy is a term that has been resonating for some time but has not exploded until the pandemic has arrived and we have had to adapt to the situation. The treatments based on therapeutic exercise, are transferable so that the patient can continue with their rehabilitation from home, in this way, the physiotherapist can complement his face-to-face treatment with remote exercises.
At the end of 2020, Ascenti, a leading provider of physiotherapy in the UK, published a survey on patient satisfaction in virtual physiotherapy. The study was conducted over 12 months with more than 27,000 patients involved. Among the results obtained in the study, the level of patient satisfaction with the digital service received stood out, 92% of more than 27,000 patients said they were satisfied with the effectiveness of the virtual treatment.
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