Video conferencing and telerehabilitation shows effective results

Friday, April 6 2012

After a debilitating event such as a stroke or heart attack, many patients may temporarily become bedridden or their movements are monitored and extremely limited. Through the use of video conferencing technology, telerehabilitation is designed to revolutionize the treatment methods used to care for those with limited mobility.

American Telemed explains that telerehabilitation uses complex software in conjunction with video conferencing technology to allow doctors to interact with their immobile patients on a much more regular basis. There is no need for travel as all treatment is done remotely, allowing 24-hour access to a medical professional. Additionally, the practicing physician can accurately measure a patient's progress and find problematic issues in real-time.

The National Institute of health reported a recent study where sixty-five participants received a six-week program of outpatient physical therapy by either the traditional in-house approach or by means of a video conference-based telerehabilitation program. The goal was to measure specific indicators of progress such as the timed "up-and-go" test, pain intensity and quadriceps muscle strength.

The results of the study revealed that participants in the telerehabilitation group achieved outcomes comparable to, or slightly better than those of the conventional rehabilitation group in regard to all tested indicators. The alternative treatment was also extremely well received by the included participants, who reported a high level of satisfaction, according to the source.