At Balance Rehabilitation, we offer a variety of telehealth services in California to help our patients achieve their maximum health potential. From the comfort of your own home, you can schedule an appointment, access content from past visits, and get expert advice on managing pain or any health-related questions you might have.
We accept most insurance plans and offer flexible appointment times to fit your busy schedule. To get started, simply call us or book an appointment online. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve your wellness goals.
Telehealth For Injuries and Dizziness in California
What is it?
The relationship between injuries and dizziness may seem initially complex, but those two terms are almost always relatable. Patients suffering from either dizziness or an injury can make use of Telehealth for the management of their condition. Those who seek consultation for the symptom of dizziness may have sustained obvious signs of injuries, while some may possibly be caused by neurologic or ear diseases. Moreover, it may be caused by infections, migraines, tumors, and inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. It may sometimes occur as a side effect of a medication.
Injury can cause dizziness by causing a person to lose their sense of balance and orientation. This usually happens when there has been some kind of trauma, such as being physically hit by hard objects or falling from high places.
How Telehealth Can Help with Injuries in California
Telehealth offers various benefits for the management of injury if you are presently located in California, and such advantages can be categorized into three stages of injury management:.
Telehealth for Injury Prevention - Prevention is one of the essential aspects in the field of health care. The World Health Organization estimates that more than 50% of all diseases are due to injuries. In the United States alone, injury costs over $500 billion every year. Telehealth provides easier prevention techniques that wouldn’t be as convenient and efficient with face-to-face set-up. The most obvious is remote patient monitoring, which allows doctors and nurses to keep tabs on patients at home who have been released after an acute medical event such as a heart attack or surgery. Through constant monitoring, the chances of readmissions and compliance with a treatment plan are guaranteed. Moreover, telehealth can also be used for more proactive approaches to preventing injuries in the first place. For instance, the incidence of older adults suffering from falls and balance-related injuries is increasing every year. Telehealth can be used to monitor these patients remotely so that changes in their condition can be detected early on and addressed before they become serious problems like broken bones or head trauma from hitting the ground hard enough to cause unconsciousness.
Telehealth for Acute Management of Injury - Acute stage management of injury includes early assessment and triage, treatment, pain, and infection control. A simple injury, if not managed promptly, may lead to more serious risks and complications, such as developing an infectious disease. With the use of Telehealth, patients of all ages, including a child and older adults, can access timely consultation with their doctor of choice through telehealth applications by using their computer or mobile devices. A recent study conducted by the University of Utah found that telehealth services can effectively and efficiently help patients manage their acute injuries. The study looked at 86 patients who had suffered from a wide range of injuries, from ankle sprains to fractures to lacerations. The patients were split into two groups: a control group that received routine care and a test group that received telemedicine visits for the first 48 hours after injury. Those receiving telemedicine appointments were able to see their physician in person within two hours of the injury, which was an important factor in reducing pain, speeding up healing time, and addressing their questions with the treatment plan. In addition to that, they also received better health teachings about self-care and wound-cleaning techniques from their healthcare provider, which helped them manage their condition more effectively afterward.
Telehealth Physical Therapy - Telehealth can also be used to deliver physical therapy services to patients who are not only facing transportation and distance challenges but are unable to do so due to their present injury or illness. Physical therapists who use telehealth can provide a wide range of services, including health assessments, guided exercises, and providing health guidance and education. Moreover, they can add support and motivation to their patients. There are four common ways how physical therapy could possibly be delivered to patients.
Live video delivery, as the name suggests, takes place when two parties interact live with one another over a video conference. It is an excellent tool for examinations and treatments.
Mobile health application - refers to the transfer of health-related updates, concerns, educational materials, and notifications via mobile devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets, and other electronic gadgets. This method of communication is perfect for informing patients about changes made to treatment plans.
Store-and-forward - This is simply the transfer of medical records and/or health histories and health-related documents over a private and trusted electronic network. The most appropriate use for this mode of delivery is for the transmission of x-rays, laboratory exam results, progress notes, giving out prescriptions, and similar items.
Remote patient monitoring is being able to monitor patients and their health records and other medical information using encrypted digital channels. This method of administration is perfect for monitoring patients' blood pressure and/or blood glucose levels, the number of steps they take each day, and other similar metrics.
How Telehealth Can Help with Dizziness?
Telehealth has been proven helpful in the management of dizziness despite it being possibly caused by multiple conditions. In fact, in relation to the recent covid pandemic, there are patients who reportedly experienced dizziness as part of their symptoms. Scheduling a visit to your doctor in California may impose a high risk not only when your location is quite far from the clinic but mainly due to the safety risk involved with balance and gait issues related to dizziness. Fortunately, with the advances in technology, therapy can now be rendered through the use of telehealth.
There are many different types of conditions that can benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a type of physical therapy that is designed to help patients who are experiencing difficulty with balance and movement. Patients dealing with:
Dizziness or vertigo
Unsteadiness or imbalance
Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears
Nystagmus or involuntary eye movements
VRT exercises are designed to improve the function of the vestibular system, which is responsible for balance and spatial awareness. Common VRT exercises include walking in a figure-eight pattern, head-turning exercises, and gaze stabilization exercises. These exercises can help to retrain the brain to process information from the vestibular system more effectively. By addressing such vestibular and balance concerns, VRT can assist patients in their prior state of health and independence.
We look forward to hearing from you. If you'd like to make contact you can reach us at Phone: 949-465-9500 or you can use our contact form for new patients. We look forward to serving you and helping you with our Telehealth services.