It can be hard to imagine how meeting a physical therapist with an app can be as effective as meeting a physical therapist in the clinic.
Most people might imagine that it is harder to communicate over a video call or, even more importantly, the quality of care and effectiveness of the treatment may be reduced by not being in person. These are valid concerns and ones that OneStep has fully addressed in creating a smartphone application user experience that can rival any in-person session.
One of the underlying principles at OneStep is the belief that in the 21st century, communication between a patient and a provider should be seamless and effective. This principle has been successfully incorporated into everything we do and guides us on our way to building the future of digital-physical therapy.
When you are matched with a OneStep physical therapist, you are being paired with a licensed professional experienced in musculoskeletal, orthopedic, acute, and chronic conditions. Once matched, you’ll have the chance to meet your physical therapist for an extensive one-on-one session using a video call. During your discussion, your OneStep physical therapist will ask the right questions in order to best assess your medical needs, as well as physical therapy needs and goals. This process is made incredibly simple with our in-app tools.
It may seem impossible for a physical therapist to treat someone without seeing how they move in person. While that may have once been true, it is no longer the case. OneStep’s technology provides your PT with gait parameters that reflect your performance so that even without physical contact, your physical therapist will have the information they need to in order to make an accurate assessment – without you ever needing to leave the comfort of your home. Through the OneStep app, physical therapists can now monitor numerous tests that were previously needed to be monitored in the clinic, and is transmitted to your physical therapist’s OneStep patient dashboard. Everything from your weight-bearing side to where your hip may get stuck in a walk cycle to uneven walking caused by muscle weakness or injury - is all visible to your OneStep physical therapist.
With all of that information, your physical therapist has the necessary resources to make an accurate assessment and prescribe to you specific exercises. Moreover, the therapist can monitor your progress in real-time, allowing them to see exactly what’s working and what’s not. This means that OneStep’s approach doesn’t just match an in-person visit, it goes a step beyond. The best part about our platform is that it allows for continuous communication with your physical therapist, not just a once-a-week meeting but all the time, so it takes on the form of a running dialogue. You can always message your OneStep PT for help, tips, recommendations, or questions.
So, when people ask us - ‘how could an app possibly compare to the real thing?’ We’d say - this is the real thing. There is no automation. There is a real person on the other end of the line with the tools and access to cutting-edge technology, partnering with you in your recovery and making sure you reach your goals.
To get started on your physical recovery journey, download the OneStep app today