How Telemedicine Can Keep Your Pain Management On Track

When you’re managing pain, getting the care you need in a timely, convenient fashion can make all the difference. Telemedicine provides just that, allowing you to get the care you need from wherever you are, via email, web communication, or phone. While telemedicine isn’t a replacement for traditional medical care, it can enhance it in important ways.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, is pleased to provide this convenient option for chronic pain and related health concerns. Read on to learn about the benefits of telemedicine and how they might help you keep your pain management on track.

Greater access to medical care

If you live in a remote area, have difficulty driving or riding in a car due to pain or other challenges, or have concerns about catching or spreading a virus, getting the medical care you need can be difficult, stressful, or downright impossible. Telemedicine brings that care into your home by providing remote access to your healthcare providers and eliminating the need for travel.

As a result, you’ll be more likely to schedule timely appointments and less likely to cancel or skip them. Telemedicine can also save you time and money, according to research, which may also make needed treatment and support more feasible.

Possibility of improved care 

In some cases, telemedicine ends up being more effective than conventional care. In a study conducted at Indiana University, 250 patients with pain conditions were asked to record their levels of pain online or by phone. Using a special algorithm, doctors then adjusted medications based on these responses.

After a year had passed, participants who received telemedicine support reported 30% improvements in their pain, while the pain reported by those who had standard care generally worsened. By providing more frequent communication between you and your treatment provider, you may experience similar benefits from telemedicine.

What to expect

All you’ll need for your telemedicine appointment with Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is a phone, computer, or tablet and a place where you have privacy. Once your appointment is scheduled, you’ll receive a link by text message, email, or phone that will allow you to check in. Click the link once your appointment time arrives then follow the prompts to finish checking in and meet with your provider. You can also download simple check-in instructions on our website.

When your session begins, you’ll speak with your provider the same way you would if you were meeting in-person. To make the most of your appointment, prepare a list of any topics you’d like to discuss in advance and have information about any medications or supplements you take handy.

To get support around your pain management needs, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment on our website.

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