3 reasons to consider an online injury diagnosis

In a rapidly advancing digital world, looking for an online injury diagnosis is becoming more common. But this usually leads to reading countless webpages of conflicting info.

Getting an online injury diagnosis with a virtual Physiotherapist is something many wouldn’t have considered.

We’re happy to go to trusted sources online for our finances, food, transport… the list is almost endless.

When it comes to our medical needs, it seems there are two options:

1. the traditional approach (ie. dealing with real people face to face), or

2. the internet’s version of Russian roulette – typing a description of your symptoms into Google and hoping it finds that one page that matches your needs.

The traditional approach to injury diagnosis

There’s nothing wrong with the traditional approach. It’s not broken and it’ll never be replaced with AI-bots delivering online injury diagnosis and rehab.

There’s a certain trust with seeing who you’re dealing with. We make judgements, right or wrong, about their skills based on their appearance (“White lab coat? Must be smart!”)

The obvious downsides are the waiting time for an appointment and the cost of the appointment.

Emergence of the Virtual Medical Professional

Some companies, like Virtuwell, offer online medical services for illness. Other services, like HeyDoctor, offer prescriptions for common ailments.

Both companies are growing at an exponential rate. That’s in part due to COVID but it’s also highlighting a growing integration of medical services and the online world.

These companies are treading a careful line between modern online convenience and traditional medical regulation, which was written long before we contemplated online injury diagnosis and delivery of medical services.

Given the benefits that virtual medical services can offer, it’s hard to ignore the compelling argument for their role in health management.

Available 24/7, 365 days a year

A virtual Physiotherapist is available 24/7 for online injury diagnosis.

That’s important because many conditions benefit from early diagnosis. It can significantly shortened recovery times by ensuring that the correct treatment starts as soon as possible.

For example, you twist your ankle on a Sunday morning run and have to limp home.

Your regular doctor and physiotherapist aren’t back to work until Monday and even then, you’ll need to take time off work to get there.

If you wait until Monday, the injury will be more swollen and painful.

So you decide to do something today.

You ice the area and take some Advil or Nurofen (anti-inflammatory meds).

But if you’ve torn a ligament, the anti-inflammatory meds will increase the bleeding and swelling, delaying your recovery.

Getting advice as soon as you got home from your run would have helped reduce the initial fall out from the injury.

Provides reassurance

Some injuries can be a little concerning but not super debilitating.

It’s not enough to visit your local health professional. But the possibility of a stress fracture or tendon problem can play on your mind.

A virtual Physiotherapist can provide an online injury diagnosis and quick reassurance without the need for an expensive visit to the doctor.

It can confirm (or refute) your suspicions and get you started on the right path to recovery.

Cost effective rehab

Injury rehab is always a careful balance between a comprehensive program and a cost-effective approach.

Cost limitations can often leads to incomplete programs that take shortcuts or miss the final weeks of training.

That’s where a virtual Physiotherapist really shines!

It can deliver customised programs, exercise & instructional videos and a comprehensive “return to sport” approach.

The cost of the program is only a fraction of a program from face to face therapist, making it more likely you’ll be able to see out the full program.

Time to embrace high tech healthcare?

The days of vague or generalised website advice and overly simplistic diagnostics are gone.

The latest crop of virtual medical services are combining expert medical input and cutting edge programming.

This provides an accurate online injury diagnosis, clearly explained.

If offers programs with exercise videos and the same injury advice you’d receive in person from your doctor or physio.