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December 18, 2023

The Game Changer: Sports Medicine Primary Care and Telehealth with Rock Vomer, DO, DPT

by Rock Vomer, DO, DPT, CAQSM

Virtual meetings and telehealth have drastically grown over the last few years, and the use of telehealth in sports medicine is no exception. This innovative approach to healthcare delivery has transformed the way we access and receive medical care. While it may seem hard to believe you can receive sports medicine care virtually, we’re sharing more about the range of services it can offer, and how it can be seamlessly integrated into your primary care and sports medicine needs.

The Value of Telehealth

Telehealth, also known as telemedicine, refers to the practice of providing healthcare services remotely, using telecommunications technology. It’s a game-changer for both patients and healthcare providers. Here’s why:

1. Convenient and Time-Saving

One of the most significant advantages of telehealth is the convenience it offers. No longer do patients need to spend valuable time traveling to and from a doctor’s office. This is especially beneficial for those seeking specialized care like sports medicine. Telehealth allows patients to consult with their physicians from the comfort of their own homes or offices, reducing travel time and eliminating the need to schedule extended periods away from work or other daily commitments.

2. Accessibility

Telehealth is not only convenient but also highly accessible. It can be done using devices most of us carry around daily – smartphones and tablets. There’s no need for complicated apps or software; all you need is a stable internet connection and a device with a camera and microphone. This simplicity ensures that telehealth is user-friendly for individuals of all ages.

3. Numerous Medical Specializations

The reach of telehealth extends to various medical specialties, including musculoskeletal (MSK) care. It offers patients the option to receive expert care without the constraints of physical distance. Research supports the effectiveness of telehealth for MSK concerns, and we can offer telehealth care for a variety of musculoskeletal ailments including those for hip, knee, spine, elbow, and hand and wrist.

If you are unable to make it to a doctor’s office due to your physical ailments, or are in a more remote area, know that telehealth is a viable option to begin managing and understanding MSK concerns.

Services We Can Offer via Telehealth

Avance Care is committed to providing comprehensive telehealth services. Here’s a glimpse of some of the services we offer through telehealth:

1. Diabetes Medication Check-In

For patients with diabetes, we offer telehealth consultations to review blood glucose logs and ensure that your medication regimen is optimized. This convenient service allows you to stay on top of your diabetes management without needing to visit the doctor’s office frequently.

2. Hypertension (HTN) Medication Check

If you have access to a blood pressure cuff and a log of your readings, we can conduct HTN medication check-ins via telehealth. This service ensures that your blood pressure is well-controlled, and your medication is appropriately adjusted, all from the comfort of your own home.

3. Cold and Flu Care

Nobody enjoys getting sick, and when it happens, the last thing you want is to leave the house to see a doctor. Telehealth allows you to consult with us regarding your cold or flu symptoms, receive recommendations, and even have prescriptions sent directly to your pharmacy if necessary.

4. Sinus Infection Treatment

Sinus infections can be painful and uncomfortable. With telehealth, we can diagnose and treat sinus infections, including prescribing antibiotics if needed. This service ensures that you get the care you require without having to step out of your home.

5. Initial Musculoskeletal Evaluation

For individuals who are unable to come to the doctor’s office in person, we offer initial musculoskeletal evaluations through telehealth. Whether you have a sports-related injury or a musculoskeletal concern, our experts can assess your condition, provide guidance, and develop a personalized treatment plan.

6. Medication Refills

Running low on your medications? Need a prescription refilled? Our telehealth services enable us to address these needs promptly, ensuring you never miss a dose of your essential medications.

7. Annual Screening Exam Orders

We understand the importance of preventive care. Through telehealth, we can assist you in ordering annual screening exams such as Cologuard for colon cancer screening and mammograms for breast cancer detection. This ensures that you stay on top of your health without the hassle of visiting the doctor’s office unnecessarily.

8. Weight Management and Exercise Prescription

We want to meet you where you are and help you reach your goals. We can get started with a Telehealth visit where we discuss and develop a plan tailored to you.

Billing Options

At Avance Care, we strive to make healthcare as accessible as possible. Our telehealth services can be billed to your insurance, making it a convenient and cost-effective option. If you prefer self-pay, we also offer this choice, providing flexibility to meet your healthcare needs.

Telehealth is a transformative tool that offers unparalleled convenience, accessibility, and effectiveness in providing healthcare services, including primary care and specialized sports medicine services. As research continues to support its efficacy, telehealth has become an integral part of modern healthcare, enabling individuals to receive expert care from the comfort of their own surroundings. Whether you require ongoing management of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension or need immediate care for cold, flu, or musculoskeletal concerns, our telehealth services are designed to meet your unique needs.

For sports medicine and primary care that’s tailored to your needs and lifestyle, embrace the convenience of telehealth and experience a new kind of primary care. Get in touch with Avance Care today to schedule your telehealth consultation and take the first step towards easily managing your total health and wellness.

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