Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive brain disorder requiring continuous therapy. Dead brain nerve cells cause a drop in dopamine production, leading to PD. This neurotransmitter regulates movement and attention in the body.
Clinicians rely on medication, occupational, and physical therapy in PD management. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it became difficult to provide healthcare to patients without exposure to the virus. Thanks to the telehealth services, PD is now manageable with minimal risk of the pandemic.
Neurologists and other specialists can safely schedule regular check-ups, examine any new symptoms, and review medication side effects, refills, and other complications.
Advantages of Telehealth
Telehealth has helped clinicians for many years to reach and care for more patients reducing the rate of deterioration.
Here are some expected benefits of telemedicine:
PD impairs mobility making it difficult for patients to drive or even walk. With telehealth, caregivers can provide homebound services. This eliminates the need for constant physical movement and related risks for patients.
Many PD patients have shown high satisfaction levels with telemedicine. In turn, it improves trust in medical guidance.
The reduction in regular movements helps patients receive health care from the comfort of their homes.
When considering telehealth, first contact your insurance company for coverage verification, then check if your healthcare provider has telehealth care.