With physical and occupational therapy services officially identified as “essential services” and part of the nation’s “critical infrastructure” by state and federal officials, Athletico Physical Therapy clinics remain open to ensure patients recovering from injuries can continue their treatments uninterrupted.

In addition, Athletico announced that it has expanded its telehealth offering for physical and occupational therapy to meet the evolving needs of patients and communities affected by COVID-19. While continuing to offer in-clinic appointments, Athletico will allow new and existing patients – who prefer to remain at home for their treatment sessions – the ability to connect with clinicians through a secure live internet video feed, in the comfort of their homes, through smartphones, tablets or home computers, it notes in a media release.

“The health and safety of all Athletico patients, employees and the communities in which we operate is our top priority,” says Ron Rodgers, CEO of Athletico Physical Therapy, in the release. “Expanding Athletico’s telehealth offering ensures current patient treatments continue uninterrupted and that new patients can begin managing chronic pain or recovering from injury while practicing social distancing as advised by public health officials.”

“Delaying treatment for these patients can not only interrupt the improvement that they’re experiencing but actually cause them to regress. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can to continue treating our patients as safely as possible, while also protecting our employees and local communities.”

Patients can schedule a telehealth appointment on Athletico’s website, by calling their local Athletico clinic or by calling 877-ATHLETICO (284-5384). When the virtual appointment takes place, a clinician from the patient’s local Athletico clinic will connect with the patient through Zoom’s video conference app or FaceTime if the patient has an iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.

In addition to providing expanded telehealth services, to ensure the safety of patients and employees, Athletico has taken several measures including additional screening procedures, enhanced cleaning practices and appropriate distancing of patients during treatment sessions, the release continues.

[Source(s): Athletico Physical Therapy, PR Newswire]