ALTITUDE IS HERE TO HELP!
Recent research has shown that COVID-19 has a significant impact on endurance and respiratory capabilities. In this time of quarantine, we have also found that days and weeks of sedentary behavior have led to challenges with safe return to exercise. We have created a 3-part recovery program to help patients regain maximum function. We can do this via telemedicine or in the clinic!
How is Physical Therapy Essential During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
1) We LIMIT YOUR EXPOSURE. We limit your exposure by offering injury screens and initiation of rehab exercises through telehealth or hands-on care in-clinic when necessary - no need to go to a crowded emergency room or physicians office where others may be seeking care for COVID-19. In Colorado, physical therapy is a DIRECT ACCESS service. This means you don’t need to get a referral to see us. As a bonus, research shows that this will also save you money by reaching out directly to physical therapy!
2) YOU CAN ACCESS US NOW. This is essential because the longer an injury goes untreated, the longer and more difficult the road to recovery can be. We are DOCTORS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY. We are trained in ‘red flag’ situations. We have tests, questions, and measures validated through research that tell us if you're a good candidate for PT, what your diagnosis is, and/or if you need an X-RAY, MRI, or other imaging - which we can order for you! Our thorough history taking and movement assessments, via telehealth or in person, can get you initiated on a rehabilitation plan and avoid long term or chronic pain.
3) EXERCISE IS ESSENTIAL. Physical therapy is most often targeted at getting you injury free and allowing your body to exercise. The current recommendations are 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity 5 days a week . Right now, that might be more limited as trails or gyms are closed and everyone is doing their part for social distancing. Consulting with a physical therapist about ways to exercise safely, get your heart rate up, and stay healthy can now be done from the safety of your own home. Through telehealth, we can get creative with how your home is laid out, the equipment you might have, and what your body can tolerate to create an individualized exercise program that is safe for you. And if you have an injury, we can help you virtually or in the clinic.
Now more than ever people are getting creative in their homes to exercise or entertain their kids. New ways of moving your body can lead to injury just like moving a couch to build a fort can throw out your back - and we can help you! Altitude is open for business and accepting new patients. To learn more about what we are doing in response to COVID-19, please visit our website altitudephysicaltherapy.com. Feel free to reach out to any of our 6 clinics and let us know how we can help you get through this unimaginable time!