Telehealth Physical Therapy in Musculoskeletal Practice

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Oct;48(10):736-739. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2018.0613.


Telehealth physical therapy has the potential to transform many critical areas of care in musculoskeletal practice. However, the amount of hype around telehealth needs to be carefully examined, because widespread implementation has been stalled by payment and regulatory barriers in physical therapy. The purposes of this Viewpoint are to highlight (1) the current level of implementation, (2) telehealth musculoskeletal evidence, and (3) future opportunities in the digital age. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2018;48(10):736-739. doi:10.2519/jospt.2018.0613.

Keywords: policy; technology; telehealth; telerehabilitation.

MeSH terms

  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Manipulations / trends*
  • Telemedicine / trends*