Video links hailed
EDDIE Anderson is a keen advocate of telehealth after receiving physiotherapy treatment by video-link.
After receiving replacement knee surgery in May this year, Mr Anderson had eight days of physiotherapy treatment in Greenslopes Hospital, Brisbane, before returning to Monto.
Back home, physiotherapist Rachel Pennisi treated him monthly – alternating between sessions in Monto and telehealth sessions from Gayndah.
“Eddie seemed to respond to the process quite well,” Ms Pennisi said.
Mr Anderson described the three telehealth conferences as “brilliant”.
“(They) saved so much travelling for both me and Rachel,” Mr Anderson said.
“They set me up in a quiet room in Monto, arranged a time, and just tuned in. I was on the big screen and I could see her.
“She could tell me what to do with the movement I had.”
While the telehealth experience was “just short of having one on one”, more could be achieved in personal sessions in Monto, he said.
“She could measure the degree of flexion or extension in my knee and move it.
“When I left, she was teaching one of the nurses in Monto to be able to do the exercises with the patients in Monto.”
Having regained full use of his knee, Mr Anderson was keen to hear the specialist surgeon’s opinion.