165 Lilly Rd NE, Suite B, Olympia • 360.455-8014

Patient Education on a Smart Phone

I've been a physical therapist for a long time, and a large part of my job is to educate my patients about what is wrong.  Typically I use models, anatomy pictures and the internet to find pictures to show the patient and explain the problem and options for treatment.   Technology is sure changing the ways I can educate a patient.   

Today I had a patient who had severe shoulder pain, and she wanted to know what she had wrong, and what the treatment options were.   I told her I thought she might have bursitis, and her muscles seemed to be strong and not strained or weak.  Before I could go get the ultrasound machine to treat her shoulder, she was looking up "acute bursitis shoulder."  on her I Phone.  When I returned with the machine, I suggested she google bursitis, and she told me she already had.  Since her I Phone was so easy for her to use, I continued to have her use it to look "serratus anterior" as that muscle was weak and likely to continue to be a long term problem for her.  I had her look up a picture of the muscle, and then a You Tube video of an example of the serratus muscle causing weakness and a winging shoulder blade. 

So here is to new technology!

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165 Lilly Rd. NE, Suite B
Olympia, Washington 98506



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This morning, 3/23/2020, We have verified Regence and Federal BCBS cover telehealth with the same coverage as if you are in office. Here is the link to Regence:
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Comstock Physical Therapy will be open with TELEHEALTH sessions from 3-23-2020 through 3-27-2020 due the Covid19 concerns.

Our physical location will be closed for hands-on patient treatment due to social distancing requirements.

We will be calling all of our patients to see if they would like to schedule with one of the therapists for TELEHEALTH. Our understanding at this point as that most insurances will pay for a telehealth visit, with the same conditions (co-pay, etc) as if the patient is in office.

If you have an immediate need, please call our office at 360-455-8014, and leave a message. We will be monitoring phone messages and addressing them as the develop.

Thank you, Linnea Comstock PT DPT, Owner Comstock
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