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Health Tech: Telehealth Treatment for Chronic Pain

Physical therapy can work wonders for some patients with chronic pain. But what do you do when you can’t get to the treatment facility?

The COVID pandemic has changed many things, including how medical treatments are delivered. People want to avoid doctors’ offices and treatment centers, which means many put off making appointments. This is especially a problem for patients with chronic pain. They don’t get access to physical therapists and other treatments that could help alleviate their pain. A service now provides treatment through telehealth. After a live session with an expert, the specialist designs a personal treatment plan that the patient then accesses through a mobile app or a web browser. Both patient and therapist can track progress using this system, and the specialist can adjust the program to meet the changing needs of the patient. This new approach gives medical professionals an alternative to opioids to help people manage their pain while remaining in their own home. The service makes treatment more convenient and always available without having to schedule appointments.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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