Telehealth for Physical Therapy

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Telehealth for Physical Therapy

Instructor: Pieter de Smidt, PT, DPT, Cert MDT, MTC, FMS-C

Course Length: 1.5 hours | Tuition: $29.99 or FREE for Elite Passport Members (learn more)

This is a livestream, interactive course.  The instructor will teach in real time.  You will have the opportunity to ask and answer questions.


The impact of the coronavirus pandemic required healthcare practitioners to rethink how they deliver care. The use of telehealth is one approach that can help keep both patients and providers safe from the spread of infectious disease while establishing and maintaining positive gains in patient functional outcomes. The APTA categorizes telehealth for Physical Therapy as classic Physical Therapy administered virtually, through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform such as a smartphone or computer. For the physical therapist that means having a comprehensive plan for evaluating and treating the physical body remotely. As well as ensuring that both services and billing are practiced legally and ethically and adhere to state and federal practice guidelines and payer contract agreements. This course will teach you how to set up and complete telehealth sessions, including how to evaluate, monitor and treat patients remotely. You will leave this course with a quick start guide to help you achieve successful telehealth sessions from start to finish.


  • Explain telehealth for physical therapy
  • Identify patients who are and are not appropriate for telehealth
  • Describe how to perform a thorough remote telehealth evaluation
  • Outline the steps to evaluation, treatment and follow-up for patients treated virtually
  • Differentiate the key factors that determine when imaging or a referral to a physician is indicated.


  • What is Telehealth for physical therapy
  • How does BPS Model fit with Telehealth
  • What Pain Science Education and how does relate to telehealth
  • What patients can be seen via Telehealth
    • Who needs follow-up
  • How to perform a remote Telehealth evaluation
    • Before the exam
    • Review Red, yellow, orange, blue and black flags
    • Exam:
      • Subjective
      • Objective
        • Special tests
      • Assessment
        • When is imaging indicated?
      • Plan
      • Follow-up after exam
    • How to treat PT patients virtually
      • What about manual therapy?
      • Motivational Interviewing
        • what is it and why does it matter
      • Guiding Principles
    • Payment
    • Software
    • Resources
    • Quick Start Guide