USING TECHNOLOGY EFFECTIVELY IN PHYSICAL THERAPY AND SPORTS PERFORMANCE / KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE!
The world is certainly a different place now than it was a year or two ago, much less ten years ago. Technology has become an increasing part of our every day lives and some aspect of technology touches everything we encounter. Keeping up with technology and implenting it into one’s business effectively is a challenge for all, Rehab Plus included. Following is a pretty cool article we found about how the St. Louis Rams are embracing technology to more effectively teach and connect with a very young team made up mostly of “millenials”.
Here are just a couple of examples of how we’re using some elements of technology to deliver better care:
- Home Exercise Programs- No need to draw stick figures of exercises, or hand out some “boiler plate” home exercise program. In many cases, we have started to video patients performing selected home exercises, then text or email to them. This way the patient gets visual “real time” feedback, the sets and reps are verbally spoken, the proper technique is “cued”, demonstrated, and corrected, and all they have to do is go to their smart phone and it’s right in front of them.
- “Coaches Eye”- This is a great app that allows us to tape, then analyze mechanical efficiency (i.e gait correction, postural correction, etc.) and then text or email to the patient so they can study themselves. For “visual” learners this is a great teaching tool. And it’s a free download app. We have used this app extensively with athletic performance as well as clinical physical therapy.
- Digital Correspondence- As simple as it sounds, once we have patients in our system, the ability to text or email personally and privately with the patient can be a very time effective tool.