Physical Therapists Adapt to Keep Clinics Safe
By Western Berks Physical Therapy on September 10th, 2020
While the coronavirus pandemic continues to be front and center in the news and in the thoughts of many people, other health issues have not gone away. Between aches, pains, injuries and surgeries, many people would benefit from seeing a physical therapist. However some of are reluctant to attend because of concerns over COVID-19.
Prior to COVID-19, physical therapy clinics were busy places with lots of people coming and going. However, just like every other business, physical therapy clinics have made changes to allow them to continue to serve patients while keeping both patients and staff safe.
From the American Physical Therapy Association, here are some common changes physical therapy clinics have made to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading among patients and staff.
Scheduling and Patient Flow
- Clinics have reduced the total number of people they see each day to allow for social distancing in the clinic.
- Many clinics are using a staggered schedule to avoid people coming in at the same time.
- Many clinics have implemented a “virtual waiting room” having people wait in their car when they are dropping off a patient for therapy.
- When possible, clinics may be using separate entry and exit points.
- Clinics may be screening patients and staff as they enter the building using questions, temperature checks, or other means.
- Clinics may have designated areas for each clinician and their patients to reduce contact between different groups of people.
- Equipment will likely be spaced out further than you’re used to and there may be less of it to allow for more distancing between patients.
- Many clinics are leaning more heavily on telehealth when appropriate for patients to reduce the number of patients physically present in the clinic.
Physical therapists are medical professionals who were trained to deal with infectious diseases and keep people safe long before COVID-19 existed. By making changes throughout their workflows and patient experiences, physical therapy practices have reduced the risk of spreading COVID-19 among their staff and patient populations, while continuing to deliver needed services to the public.
If you are in need of physical therapy treatment, but are hesitant to go into the clinic, give Western Berks Physical Therapy a call to talk about the policies and procedures we have in place to keep you safe. To reduce or eliminate going into the clinic, ask about using telehealth either exclusively or in combination with in-person treatment. Don’t let concerns over COVID-19 keep you in pain or from the treatment you need! You’re in good hands with Western Berks Physical Therapy.