In emergency situations, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, telemedicine can be a feasible alternative to face-to-face outpatient rehabilitation services.
Why this matters
In the current COVID-19 pandemic, outpatient services have been closed in many countries and patients left to self-manage their medical conditions.
Using electronic tools, telemedicine can be used to deliver various services, including consultations and physiotherapy.
This is the first published study on the application of telemedicine in patients with spinal disorders and provides important evidence to support its use as an alternative to usual rehabilitation services during emergency situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.