COVID-19Sarasota Edition

Telehealth and Virtual Physical Therapy E-Visits

By Lisa Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CSCS

Telehealth and Virtual Physical Therapy E-VisitsCOVID-19 has left many people wondering what to do about their ongoing medical care and wellness needs. Numerous specialties are now offering telehealth visits to keep patients safeguarded from the coronavirus, and also to provide much-needed healthcare in these unprecedented times.

Total Body Physical Therapy is committed to the health of their patients and has implemented new protocols to remain connected to them throughout this crisis. In an attempt to maintain continuity of services, they are offering two new Telehealth options for those who need physical therapy.

Total Body Physical Therapy Owner, Lisa Johnson, DPT explains, “The Telehealth online treatment experience permits our physical therapists to assess your condition online (face-to-face), walk you through a physical therapy treatment approach, and provide you with exercises to follow. With our Telehealth treatment experience, you will be able to correspond daily with your physical therapist to keep us abreast of changes and improvements in your condition, while our exercise programming keeps track of your progress. Telehealth patients will be seen by either myself or Kellie Fox, PT. We will conduct your office visit via computer, I-Pad, or Smartphone. Jodi Allion, LPN, our Office Administrator, may initially contact you to take some information prior to you seeing the Provider. If you are having any pain or need to progress your home program, and want to make an appointment, contact us with a voice mail or email. We will show you how it works, answer any questions, and get you started!

“The second option we’ve implemented is Medicare E-visits. In order to protect patients and healthcare workers during these tumultuous times, telehealth is now considered a covered service by Medicare. Full face-to-face physical therapy telehealth office visits are currently NOT covered by Medicare; however, in response to the current COVID-19 healthcare dilemma, Medicare has approved E-Visits, which can serve as electronic communication between a Provider and their patient during the weeks that follow. These visits are covered by traditional Medicare carriers and can consist of electronic correspondences over a seven-day period, during which time your therapist can assess your current condition, make recommendations and outside referrals, direct self-treatment, and make modifications to your existing home exercise program. E-visits MUST be initiated by the patient and will be billed directly to Medicare in the same way that your normal visits are handled.

“During this time, we are here for our patients and those in need of new physical therapy options. We will keep all of our patients informed of any updated protocols or changes as we progress through the next few weeks.”

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is a Specialty That Requires Additional Training
Lisa Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS, WCS, CSCS
Dr. Lisa Johnson is a Board-Certified Women’s Health Specialist and Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialist, extensively trained in the management of complex orthopedic conditions and pelvic floor health. Practicing for over 25 years, Lisa Johnson is an expert in the field of Pelvic Physical Therapy. She can identify the possible generators of pelvic pain, refer to medical specialists for diagnostic testing and treatment, and develop a treatment plan specific to the patient suffering from digestive disorders, which typically includes manual therapy treatment of the pelvis, appropriate exercise, visceral release and both external and internal trigger point release vaginally and/or rectally. Dr. Johnson can determine the specific area of weakness and utilize various methods to retrain these muscles including the use of biofeedback and other internal and external methods.

Total Body Physical Therapy
Total Body Physical Therapy is a center designed around one singular philosophy: Treat the whole person to yield superior results. With this as our guiding principle, we are able to bring balance to your body, to your mind, and to your spirit. The therapists at Total Body Physical Therapy specialize in dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and pelvic region, including the digestive, urological, colorectal, and reproductive systems of both males and females alike.

Whether you seek our services for the treatment of an injury, general ongoing wellness, or for finely tuned training programs, our philosophy ensures that you will exceed your own expectations and ultimately find Total Body wellness.

To schedule your appointment, please call (941) 203-8705 today!

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