Since the restrictions of COVID-19 limit the number of visits a provider can make, many pain specialists are not sure how to continue to give prescriptions to their patients if they cannot meet the visiting requirements. For people with chronic pain, it can be even more frustrating. Telemedicine is fast-becoming the norm, especially for people suffering from chronic pain.
Suffering from chronic pain can drastically impact the quality of life. However, people living with painful health issues do not have to suffer simply because they cannot see their physician in-person. Virtual pain management is not only possible, but it is advisable and can drastically improve a person’s health and well-being by getting pain under control.
Telemedicine is an exciting new pioneering work in healthcare that can enable more accessible and rational treatment by connecting patients and doctors virtually. It is not intended to replace office visits but can serve as a practical and accessible complement to traditional care. Many patients with severe pain are limited in their ability to get a doctor’s appointment.
Patients can sit comfortably in their favourite chair at home and receive care, guidance, and tips from pain specialists. Telemedicine can also be done by email, digital imaging, or other technologies, but it can be done in a variety of ways, such as online or in face-to-face meetings with doctors.
Another benefit is that patients and doctors can save time and money by meeting virtually. Most insurance is accepted throughout the United States for telemedicine. In addition, there is no need for patients who live alone or have no one to accompany them to the pain clinic, or for patients in wheelchairs or with reduced mobility.
The Patient Portal
Doctors and specialists can use cloud-based technology to securely manage patient data and record subsequent conversations. Patients who receive telemedical consultations have access to a wide range of medical information, including blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar levels, and other vital signs. Because the patient’s data is stored in a health management information system, it is easy for doctors to monitor progress and compliance with treatment.
The patient portal also allows patients to communicate with doctors, request refunds of prescriptions, make online payments, and view additional information about their condition. Finally, current and emerging technologies can be used to help patients manage the symptoms of chronic pain.
Health care providers can even use the conditions – specialized mobile applications to offer non-pharmacological therapies through DBT-based apps, guided images, and other tools. Limitations in telemedicine can also be adjusted for pain specialists, making it easier for providers to follow-up procedures and therapies, fill medications, and clarify treatment plans.
Simply put, telemedicine pain management gives patients access to medical care, while they are not in the physical doctor’s office – in other words, in the patient room together, but in a private room with the patient.