I tried to follow the drawings, but I'm not sure I did the exercises correctly - and then I lost the sheet of paper
Solana Beach, CA (PRWEB) October 9, 2009
Weekend golfer Jim Beaver needed some treatment on his sore shoulder to get ready for a big tournament he was scheduled to play in. A physical therapist showed him a series of exercises and then sent him home with a type written "home exercise program" - stick figure drawings on a sheet of standard 8.5" x 11" copy paper.
"I tried to follow the drawings, but I'm not sure I did the exercises correctly - and then I lost the sheet of paper," says Beaver. Unfortunately, his story is common. Physical therapists say they expect more than one third of their patients will not follow even a short-term exercise program.
"Home exercise compliance is a big issue in our profession," says physical therapist Jason Van Dyke, "and the old standard home exercise programs jotted down on a piece of paper are a big cause of the problem. They're hard for many people to follow and they're frequently lost. I knew there had to be a better way."
Van Dyke, 35, a physical therapist with ten years experience, decided to make the leap from still pictures and stick figure drawings to video on the internet. "My own patients told me the videos made it much easier to follow and complete the exercises correctly," says Van Dyke. "And, because the videos were always available to them on their computer, they never had to search for the paper program if and when they forgot how to do the exercises."
Health care professionals rely on a patient's compliance with their regularly scheduled appointments, and with the adherence to the exercises and recommendations that they make. For an efficient recovery from injury or disability, the safe and correct completion of these exercises and adherence to these recommendations is of the utmost importance. Because of the importance of these communications, Van Dyke created FIZIO in an effort to provide patients and health care professionals with the tools they need to ensure that these important communications are better understood and more efficient.
As a service designed by a physical therapist, FIZIO is using today's technological advances in video creation, storage and transfer to change the way in which health care professionals prescribe exercise and communicate with their patients. Based on the improved compliance he saw with his own patients' home exercise programs, Van Dyke decided to make his videos available to other health professionals. He created FIZIO (http://www.fizio.com), a web site featuring more than 500 different physical therapy exercise videos. A physical therapist decides which exercises to prescribe and a unique page is created on the web site for each patient. The patient is sent an email with a direct link to their exercise program and is also issued a password to his or her private site enabling access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"Being able to watch the videos over and over again has helped me to make sure that I am doing the exercises right," says Chad Wyllie, a physical therapy patient and Marine based on Camp Pendleton. "It was great to be able to access my exercise program wherever and whenever I needed it."
Health care professionals can choose from the large inventory of pre-recorded exercises or, if they wish, upload their own exercise videos for their patients' use. "I often had a difficult time finding accurate versions of the exercises that I like to prescribe," says Van Dyke, "so I included the ability for professionals to easily add their own content. It's a feature that sets FIZIO apart from other similar services."
Another unique feature FIZIO offers is an instant messaging (IM) service. This feature is built in directly to both the health care professionals and the patients interface in FIZIO providing a simple and efficient way to communicate back and forth. "I find it to be a great way to stay in contact with my patients, even after their discharge from my care," says Van Dyke. "I also find that simple questions and common concerns can be addressed in an efficient manner." Patients routinely comment on the benefits of the FIZIO IM system.
"It is great to be able to send a quick message to my therapist if I am having a problem with an exercise," says physical therapy patient Dennis Gray. "It allows me to ask a quick question without picking up the phone."
FIZIO will be available at no charge for health care professionals beginning October 12. Free memberships are available at http://www.fizio.com or by calling 800-904-3121.
Physical therapist Brent Joseph has been testing FIZIO with active duty soldiers at Camp Pendleton, CA. "All of our patients have been impressed," says Joseph. "And I have noticed a huge improvement in home exercise program compliance since we started using FIZIO."
For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Jason Van Dyke or visit http://www.fizio.com.
FIZIO is a brand new internet start-up company based in Solana Beach, California. FIZIO provides a web based platform which health care professionals can utilize to create and send customized and personalized video home exercise programs to their patients. Jason Van Dyke, MPT, is the founder and president of FIZIO. He earned a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, FL and has been a practicing physical therapist for 10 years. Van Dyke is a licensed physical therapist in the State of California and has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1997.