How Does Telemedicine Work?

How Does Telemedicine Work?

Technology brings the ability for patients to stay connected to top-quality care from anywhere you are. While certain things like physical exams require an in-person visit, there are many services you can access using telemedicine.

Here at the Spine Institute of Southeast Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeon Thomas Jones II, MD, specializes in using minimally-invasive surgical approaches to treat a full spectrum of orthopedic problems. 

In addition to seeing you in-person, we offer telehealth visits for easy and convenient access to orthopedic care. Keep reading to learn how we keep you connected through telemedicine

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine involves using technology to access healthcare. While telemedicine isn’t new, the need to reduce exposure to COVID-19 rapidly increased the use of telemedicine. To connect with services, you simply use your phone, computer, or other mobile device connected to the internet. From there you can attend a video or voice appointment or access your patient portal.

When you use telemedicine, you receive the same high-quality care as you do when visiting us in-person. 

How telemedicine keeps you connected

Telemedicine allows you to communicate with a healthcare provider in real time about your symptoms, medical problems, and other concerns. You can get a diagnosis, learn about your treatment choices, and seek treatment through telemedicine.

For example, if you have back pain or neck pain, Dr. Jones can evaluate your condition via telemedicine and may prescribe medication, recommend physical therapy, and/or schedule a treatment such as a steroid injection. If in-person evaluation and in-office treatment aren’t strictly necessary, telemedicine can be a much more convenient option to get you what you need to feel better. 

When all other conservative options for your orthopedic condition have been explored, Dr. Jones may discuss surgical options that might help you decide if surgery is the next step for you. Patients can also use telemedicine to treat a variety of different musculoskeletal disorders affecting the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, or ankle.

A telemedicine consultation can help you get examined and scheduled for an in-person office appointment, avoiding a trip to the emergency room with long wait times and sick people. Telemedicine does not eliminate the need to visit our office, but it does make care more accessible, especially for orthopedic patients who are often in pain or having issues with mobility.

Benefits of telemedicine

Telemedicine is convenient and enables you to connect to orthopedic care from the comfort, privacy, and safety of your home or office. The following are just some of the advantages of telemedicine.

Reduces wait room time and travel arrangements

You can save money on gas, parking, and public transit when using telemedicine to connect to Dr. Jones for care. You won't waste time traveling, make changes to your schedule, or risk getting stuck in traffic.

No need to take time off work

When it comes to work, telemedicine visits largely eliminate the need for time off. You can easily visit during a lunch break, or before or after work. You can be wherever you want as long as you have enough privacy.

At-home monitoring

At-home monitoring is a welcome relief when you’re in pain, having trouble walking, or recovering from surgery. Connecting to Dr. Jones through telemedicine to discuss and monitor your progress ensures that you continue to recover comfortably without the disruption of traveling to our office.

Take advantage of telemedicine and never miss an appointment. To get started, give our office a call to schedule a visit with Dr. Jones. 

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