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Telehealth Physical Therapy (PT) – Your Guide

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Telehealth physical therapy has gained A LOT of momentum in the past few years. During the pandemic, we saw our profession get serious about remote care. At the same time, we’ve seen patient interest in virtual PT increase as well!

We get tons of questions like:

– “What is telehealth vs. an e-visit?”
– “Is there such a thing as a telehealth physical therapist assistant?”
– “How do I start a telehealth PT business?”
– “What telehealth PT companies are out there and are they hiring?”
– “Does Medicare reimburse for telehealth PT?”
– “How do I center my career around telehealth physical therapy?”

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Keep in mind, the field of telehealth is evolving—and so are the answers to these questions. As telehealth establishes itself as a permanent healthcare delivery model, we do our best to keep this article current and reflective of the latest information.

Let’s start with the basics of telehealth PT and go from there!

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What is telehealth physical therapy (PT)?

What is telehealth physical therapy?

Simply put, “telehealth physical therapy” (or “virtual physical therapy”) refers to physical therapy services that are provided over a technology platform, rather than in person.

Other phrases referring to telehealth physical therapy might include (depending on your specific role):
telemedicine physical therapy | telePT | teletherapy | telerehab | telemedicine physical therapy | online physical therapy | virtual physical therapy | remote physical therapy | digital PT | digital physical therapy | hybrid physical therapy

How is telehealth physical therapy delivered?

There are four ways to deliver telehealth PT services (source):

  1. Live video. This is referred to as a “synchronous” format that uses live video interaction between two parties. It’s also sometimes called “real-time.” This type of delivery is ideal for evaluations and treatments. 
  2. Store-and-forward. This is sometimes called an “asynchronous” format. This involves the transfer of health history and/or medical records over secure electronic means. This type of delivery is best for sending x-rays, progress notes, etc. This delivery is scalable, and can also be used for subscription model delivery of services.
  3. Remote patient monitoring (RPM): This involves the remote monitoring of patients’ health and medical data over secure electronic means. This type of delivery is ideal for monitoring patients’ blood pressure and/or blood glucose measurements, steps per day, etc.
  4. Mobile health (mHealth): This involves healthcare services, education, and public health notifications being delivered over cellphones, tablets, and other electronic devices. This type of delivery is ideal for alerting patients of updates to their HEP, as well as the closure of roads near a clinic, a possible disease outbreak, etc. Examples of this are WebPT’s HEP software and MedBridge’s HEP program.

Why should PTs consider using virtual physical therapy?

Telehealth PT is now a well-established means to deliver care. While in-person care is (and probably always will be) the norm, there are definite benefits to providing care remotely:

  • Emphasizes patient education
  • Increases convenience for patients
  • Improves access for underserved populations
  • Allows for problem-solving in the patient’s usual environment
  • Achieves good outcomes

Telehealth physical therapy as a tool for education

patient education physical therapy telehealth
Patient education is a primary component of telehealth physical therapy.

While manual therapy is still an important component of our treatments, it’s certainly not the be-all-end-all. In fact, many of us can attest to the fact that too much manual therapy makes our patients dependent upon us, when what they really need is to be up and moving. 

As patient education and pain science are increasingly influencing our treatment choices—and ineffective treatment modalities are falling out of favor—we PTs are finding that our role as movement experts relies less and less on patients being physically in the clinic for treatments.

Our primary duty as PTs, aside from doing no harm to our patients, is to educate. Teletherapy is the perfect way to educate patients, promote self-efficacy, and empower patients to take an active role in their healthcare.

Teletherapy as a method of convenience

People on Cellphones
People are attached to technology more than ever before.

Now more than ever, we live in an on-demand society. Patients want immediate care, without lengthy wait times or commutes. Plus, people are busy. Fitting yet another in-person appointment into the day just isn’t feasible for some. Rather than forgoing care entirely, telehealth is a convenient way for patients to access care on their schedule.

Telehealth PT as a solution for access

Telehealth is a common-sense solution for what has been called “PT deserts.” That term refers to wide swaths of land where patients have very little access to skilled PT.

The following image, from Omada Health, shows how many PTs there are per 1000 people.

physical therapy desert

As always, we need to think about how we can best serve our patients. And that means providing them the best possible access to care they might not otherwise get. 

Here are a few examples how telehealth PT can help:

  • Prevention of readmission through home safety evals and mobility screens
  • Post-discharge checkups and safety screens
  • Advanced intake of subjective histories
  • Wellness and preventative services to avoid hospitalizations
  • Consulting with other practitioners (think McKenzie screens, CrossFit/yoga instructors, or pelvic floor consults)
  • Post-surgical monitoring and rehabilitation
  • Q and A to prevent hospital readmissions and future injuries

Virtual PT as a method for problem-solving

Unlike in-person care, where we can only simulate functional movements, telehealth allows for real-time observation and practice of movements in the patient’s home environment!

This is a great opportunity for collaborative problem-solving, and it has so many applications! From assessing home-office setups to identifying trip hazards, we can make recommendations while receiving real-time input and feedback from our patients.

What does the evidence say about telehealth PT?

What’s popular vs. unpopular doesn’t always matter if the evidence argues otherwise. It turns out that our magical healing hands may only be a small part of the puzzle.

  • One 2023 systematic review and meta-analysis found that telerehabilitation demonstrated equivalent or better outcomes in upper extremity motor function, when compared to in-person care for patients with stroke. While the researchers report telerehabilitation can improve therapy adherence after stroke, they found that patient satisfaction levels were “highly variable” across studies. (source)
  • Researchers report that telehealth-based exercise interventions are effective for the management of knee osteoarthritis by significantly reducing pain. Telehealth interventions produced similar outcomes compared to controls in physical function and quality of life. (source)
  • Seron et al. conclude, “Despite the contradictory results, telerehabilitation in physical therapy could be comparable with in-person rehabilitation or better than no rehabilitation for conditions such as osteoarthritis, low-back pain, hip and knee replacement, and multiple sclerosis and also in the context of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. It is imperative to conduct better quality clinical trials and systematic reviews.” (source)

We’ve seen an uptick in telehealth PT research published in the past few years. That said, much of the recent research we reviewed emphasized the need for higher-quality, well-powered clinical trials to better assess the effectiveness of telerehabilitation. Perhaps you will help add to this growing body of evidence? We definitely need more research physical therapists out there 🙂

YES, telehealth physical therapy is legal. However, every state is different, so you can visit the Center for Connected Health Policy to learn your own state’s rules and regulations, as well as get a better understanding of your state’s parity laws*, if applicable. Plus, standards of practice still hold when you practice telehealth, including:

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  • Informed consent
  • Abiding by HIPAA
  • Protecting patient privacy

*Some states have parity laws, which require payers to reimburse for teletherapy at the same rate they would for in-person care. Be sure to know if your state does.

How to become a telehealth PT or PTA

If you’re a licensed PT or PTA, you can practice telehealth. You can join one of the emerging telehealth provider practices as a digital health PT, or you can launch your own telehealth PT practice by using telehealth software and doing your own marketing. Either way, here’s how to get started:

1. Decide whether you want to fly solo or join a company.

This is a big decision based on your own life goals. There are pros and cons to each approach.

2. Get licensed where you intend to practice.

In any case, you’ll need a license to treat your patient(s) where they live. This might sound like a deal-breaker, but a PT compact has been established for this reason. The PT compact is an agreement between member states to enable eligible PTs to work in multiple states under a single agreement.

…If you’re joining an existing practice:

…Explore the telehealth PT companies that are hiring

Here are some companies we know of that offer telehealth physical therapy jobs. We update this list frequently, so you might see it changing as companies shift, change names/practices, etc. If you come across any others, please let us know in the comments below*!

*Please note, there are additional companies like Hinge Health and The Joint Academy, which do hire PTs, but do not necessarily use them to the full extent of licensure.

…Create a telehealth-specific resume and cover letter

You’ll want to really beef up any clinical experience you have, as well as any experience using technology, educating patients, mentoring students, etc. Ensure your resume and cover letter are free from typos, as you’ll be relying on e-communications more than ever as a telehealth PT. You’d better make yourself look good. 🙂

Telehealth resume for PT, OT, and SLP professionals

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Telehealth-friendly keywords to include in your resume include:

  • Deliver
  • Communicate
  • Collaborate
  • Interpret
  • Demonstrate
  • Remote
  • Educate
  • Technology
  • Monitor
  • Observe

If you’re experienced in Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), McKenzie Method, or any other functional movement screens or specialized training, definitely highlight that on your resume. Specific ther-ex, vestibular, and/or differential diagnosis con-ed training will also help.

…If you’re starting your own practice:

…Pick a good telehealth PT platform

Some of the following organizations offer software solutions for PTs*:

*Please note, there are enterprise-level companies offering telehealth platforms that cater to larger organizations, including Health Recovery Solutions, Force Therapeutics, etc.

Determine whether you want to be cash-based or collect insurance

Until recently, it was easier to be cash-based, unless you really understood insurance rules and parity laws. However, during the COVID-19 crisis, many third-party payers began to reimburse for teletherapy.

Also, many states have dictated that teletherapy PTs can get reimbursed for telePT delivered to Medicaid patients. You’ll need to check with your specific state for details, though.

Billing nuances to consider for telehealth PT

  1. Private insurance rules and reimbursement rates vary, and they also vary across state lines. We have linked to resources at the end of the article to help you learn more. Unfortunately, there is currently no comprehensive list of third-party insurances that reimburse for physical therapy telehealth services, and such a list would be nearly impossible to keep current at this time.
  2. Private insurers often want a written explanation of why telehealth was used. Always keep a record of the services you perform and your rationale for using telehealth vs. in-person visits.
  3. Currently, there are no CPT codes specific to billing for telehealth physical therapy. Many CPT codes require direct one-on-one patient contact, so telehealth services may not be covered unless there is an agreement with the payer. However, again, check with your insurance partners to know how things are being handled.
    Policies are always changing, so check the list of resources at the end of the article for latest info!
  4. Understand billing terminology and nuances. An addendum is often required to be added to the CPT code to denote the service was provided through telehealth. Be sure to check your own insurers’ guidelines.
    >>> Use correct terminology for sites.
    The originating site is where the patient is located.
    The distance site is where you are located.
    >>> Use Place of Service (POS) codes appropriately
    “02” for telehealth provided other than in patient’s home (patient is not in their home when they receive telehealth services)
    “10” for telehealth provided in patient’s home (patient is located in their home when receiving telehealth services)
    Please note, telehealth POS codes have been updated in recent years. See Medicare’s list of POS codes for full explanations, and always check with individual payers for their requirements!
    >>> Use modifiers properly.
    95 = services were delivered synchronously (or in real time for telephone visits, but not e-visits)
    GQ = services were delivered asynchronously (this is mostly a form of telehealth getting phased out)
    The above codes are subject to change, so please verify with individual payers for latest info and their specific requirements!

Does Medicare reimburse for telehealth PT?

As you might know, Medicare announced that PT, OT, and SLP were temporarily covered services during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). Now that the PHE has ended, the long-term fate of telehealth as a Medicare-covered service is less clear**. 

In order to keep our telehealth privileges with Medicare, PTs need to be added to the list of permanent telehealth providers by CMS. This can only happen through the passage of new legislation. For now, you can advocate for new telehealth legislation and keep an eye out for updates from Medicare.

We expect things to change, so please check the resources section at the end of this article for the latest info!
**The proposed 2024 Physician Fee Schedule (released in July 2023) says that Medicare proposes to continue covering telehealth through 2024. Keep in mind that this is only a proposal, so it will need to be passed by the end of 2023 to go into effect. (source)

…Develop a viable business plan

We always recommend any business owner think long-term. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Niche down. Pursuing a niche seems to be the best initial strategy. A niche allows you to create a very specific type of patient base that you can target with your marketing efforts. This works much better than tossing lots of money at marketing to a broad swath of patients, and hoping that you run across a few who decide to take a chance.
    Patient niches include: dancers, runners, cyclists, skaters, gymnasts, young moms, patients with chronic CVA impairments, etc. Speciality niches include: ortho, neuro, injury-specific, etc.
  • Nail down your patient acquisition strategy. Will you be building a therapy website or blog to attract patients? Will you be marketing via YouTube videos?
  • Determine your UVP. Your unique value proposition (UVP) will set you apart from the competition. Determine what makes you special and worth working with. Extensive education? Friendly, discreet care? Convenient access?

…Consult with a telehealth PT compliance professional

Because of the nuances involved with transitioning to telehealth, it is always a good idea to consult with a telehealth physical therapy expert—notably, one who understands legal and internet technology (IT) considerations.

Nancy Beckley, MBA, CHC recommends a platform that is HIPAA compliant—with evidence that the platform has complied with HIPAA Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules—and a set process for offering a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) as appropriate. 

While we’ve covered quite a few of the rules and regulations above, it’s always good to have an attorney weigh in!

We were able to speak about teletherapy with attorney Erin Jackson, Managing Partner of Jackson LLP Healthcare Lawyers.  She is extremely passionate about providing this alternative practice setting for PTs, and was eager to weigh in. Here are her thoughts:

  • Insurance companies may have requirements—distinct from legal requirements—concerning the frequency, duration, and type of visits that can be conducted via telehealth.
  • It’s crucial that providers using telehealth have an up-to-date HIPAA privacy policies and procedures manual. The greater a provider’s reliance on technology, the greater the risk of breach.
  • Some states have legislation or regulations which speak to telehealth issues. (This is likely changing on a state-by-state basis.)
  • Always check your state legislation regarding direct access considerations.
  • Many states have an in-person visit requirement for telehealth-based provider-patient relationships, meaning that it may not be possible to operate a fully telehealth-based practice.
  • A PT is still held to the same scope of practice and duty of care. If you can’t offer the same caliber of treatment, the same attention to detail, and the same assessments of functionality as you offer to in-office patients, then telehealth isn’t appropriate for that patient.

The laws surrounding telehealth often lag behind technology, patient demands, and provider capabilities.That’s why it’s essential to stay on top of legal compliance.

Telehealth PT CEUs and continuing education

additional education for telehealth pts

Technically, you don’t need any additional education to become a telehealth PT. That said, certain skills will make you a much more effective remote therapist.

Examples of helpful training include:

Telehealth companies look for therapists who can demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based care. Basic educational strategies and treatment with exercise prescription can help many patients feel better.

Telehealth PT CEUs on MedBridge and

Many organizations are releasing continuing education courses for PTs, which is nice because you can learn the ropes of telehealth and earn CEUs at the same time. Two of our favorite providers are MedBridge and (owned by Continued), due to their ease of use and affordability. By using our discount codes for these platforms, you save money and help support the free content at TNCPT. Thank you for your support!

We’re so excited to share that MedBridge Education now offers a Telehealth certificate program! So, if you’re interested in earning CEUs while you work toward an actual certification to put on your resume, check out this program!

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Below, find some excellent individual courses, some of which are included in the aforementioned cert program.

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What does telehealth PT delivery look like?

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The evaluation

  • Past medical history (PMH) + subjective 
  • Screen for red flags and note tests that require in-person attention
  • Functional movement screen + objective measures (modified)

The treatment

  • Patient education
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • In-office treatments as indicated

What’s it like to be a telehealth PT?

Many of you are probably wondering whether you’ll even enjoy being a telehealth provider. It’s wise to consider the pros and cons when weighing this decision.


  • Flexibility. Can you imagine how nice it’d be to treat patients from anywhere that has an internet connection?! Of course, you always want to maintain a safe, private, and secure connection, as well as a professional setup.
  • Predictable hours. Generally speaking, you can still have predictable hours when you know you’ll be working vs. not working.
  • Using your degree. One of the hardest parts of leaving direct patient care is feeling like you’re not really using your degree. As a telehealth PT, you’re using your degree to its fullest!
  • Work from home. Working remotely is fantastic for some people!


  • Difficult patient acquisition. As mentioned above, getting patients is the hardest part. Just like some PTs are disinterested in teletherapy because they don’t understand it, plenty of patients may shy away from telehealth PT because they don’t understand it, or don’t even know it exists as an option.
  • Lots of sitting. The nice part is that you’re also up and about to demonstrate exercises, so you’re not quite as sedentary as you might be at other non-clinical jobs.
  • Confusing and frequently changing rules and reimbursements. This can be very challenging for those of us who aren’t into following detailed rules and regulations.
  • Uncertainty. It’s a newer form of therapy, which can be considered a pro, since there is a lot of opportunity! It’s also hard to find full-time, benefitted roles in teletherapy…at least so far.

What does a successful telehealth physical therapist look like?

telehealth physical therapy professional at computer
  • Enjoys patient education. You don’t have those magic hands as your secret weapon to get patients better, so you’ll be relying on your communication and education skills.
  • Does not rely on manual therapy alone. For this reason, having sound evaluation and assessment skills, as well as strong patient-education skills, will help you succeed at telehealth.
  • Is articulate. When you deliver care remotely, it’s essential to be clear with communications.
  • Is tech savvy. When technical issues arise, you’ll need to troubleshoot those yourself—and guide your patients through issues as they happen.
  • Is licensed in the state(s) in which they plan to provide therapy. PTs and PTAs can treat as they normally do per a state practice act (with PTAs treating with oversight by a PT). The same goes for OTs and COTAs and SLPs. But if you’re planning to treat a patient in Missouri, you need to have a clinical license (PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, etc.) to practice in Missouri.
  • Enjoys patient care. While telehealth PT is incredibly flexible and rewarding, it’s still patient care. It’s not fully non-clinical; it can be considered more of an alternative career for physical therapists. You’ll be providing physical therapy services remotely, so if you truly do not enjoy patient care, you might want to consider something else.
  • Has a niche. Whether it’s running, pediatrics, cardiopulmonary, yoga, CrossFit, vestibular, or cycling, patients will be more likely to use your services if you’re considered an expert in your niche.

What is a typical telehealth physical therapy salary?

How much do telehealth PTs get paid

Most teletherapists do not get a salary, but are paid an hourly wage. That’s because most remote care is delivered on a PRN basis. However, now that many clinics are incorporating telehealth into their existing practice models, this could change. If that’s the case, you can likely expect pay to align with what a staff therapist would make. Experienced PRN telehealth physical therapists typically can earn about $50-75/hour.

Career paths for the telehealth PT professional

Because telehealth PT is a new career niche, only time will tell us what common career paths will be.

Here are just a few that we’re seeing:

  • Telehealth PT/A → lead telehealth PT → virtual rehab manager (which likely includes a customer success angle)
  • Telehealth PT/A with niche focus → solo telehealth PT with niche independent practice → telehealth clinic manager
  • Telehealth PT/A → telehealth consultant→ program manager
  • Telehealth PT/A → clinical trainer → training manager

Another thought is to parlay that tech experience into entrepreneurial endeavors, or work for a digital health company as a clinical trainer or implementation specialist.

Telehealth physical therapy in larger systems

telehealth pt in hospitals

Devra Sheldon, PT, MSPT, NCS works at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital (part of Sinai Health System) in Chicago, which serves many low-income patients who have a tough time getting to appointments. Sheldon has done extensive research into telehealth as a tool for better management of low income populations who have numerous barriers to care, but these barriers can often include lack of the smartphones and tablets used to deliver the very care we wish to provide. So far, this has precluded telehealth from being integrated into their delivery model.

Sheldon is hopeful that hospitals will eventually negotiate with payers and get the ball rolling on insurance reimbursing telehealth for therapy. As an employee of a low-income hospital, she spends a lot of time on the phone and emailing with patients. This time is not reimbursed, even though it’s valuable care. “I believe Telehealth could be very valuable with not just low-income patients, but all patients with persistent pain by evaluating flare ups, reviewing self management strategies, pacing and more,” she explains.

Top resources for teletherapy

Want more information about telehealth physical therapy? Here are some great resources for continued learning!

Online physical therapy treatment might play a HUGE role in the future of PT!

One thing is for sure: telehealth now has a strong foothold as an effective care delivery model. 

Whether it’s our main delivery model or an ancillary option to our current models, there is no doubt that, to some extent, online PT treatments are here to stay! 

We are eager to hear from you if you have received this type of treatment and/or if you have delivered telehealth. Please comment and let us all know about your experiences!

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81 thoughts on “Telehealth Physical Therapy (PT) – Your Guide”

  1. This is very helpful and exciting information. May make my dream of living abroad while still practicing some PT a much more realistic option!

    1. Meredith Castin

      Hi Nicole! I want to live vicariously through you…please let me know if you do telehealth PT from abroad! I would love to feature you in a spotlight, too 😉

      1. When you spoke about companies like Joint Academy and their therapist not using their skills to the full extent could you please explain?

        1. Some patients use therapists in consultative roles, meaning other health professionals (personal trainers, etc.) will develop exercise plans based on protocols used by the company, and then you are called in for specific questions. Some like that model, and others don’t. Keep in mind pay varies a lot, too. It’s quite low at some of the companies, and quite high at others!

    2. Hi Nicole! That is also my goal! I like to travel and possibly live abroad but still continue to practice as PT. How has it been for you? Have you started yet?

  2. Great article, Meredith! I’m so excited about the developments in telehealth. I’ve had the privilege of connecting with Rob Vining recently and he told me about the PT compact and his vision. I’m a huge supporter of telehealth and every day I”m working hard to play a big role in the innovation process!

    1. Meredith Castin

      Thanks, Mark! Rob is the best! I’m so glad that you’re working with him, and that you’re in telehealth on the ground floor. It’s going to be huge!

  3. Thank you for this very helpful article! I was just wondering if you had heard of This is a telehealth platform that was recommended to me on a therapy social media page. It is free, which is appealing to me as I’m just getting started with my own women’s health business and I need to keep costs down. I’d like to start off with a good trusted company however so if you have any thoughts on them please let me know!

    1. Hi Cassandra! Thanks for the kind words! I just did a little digging, and it looks like is used by a few PT clinics out there, so I’m adding them to the list. As far as whether they’re good or not, I have no idea! There are a few telehealth PT groups on Facebook, so that’d be a good place to ask around to find out more about people’s experiences. I hope this helps!

      1. Cassandra Sharp

        Thank you! That’s great! I’ve had at least 2 people say good things. I’ll check those groups out!

  4. TeleMOVEMENT is doing some really amazing work via telehealth and focusing along the movement continuum with immediate and practical application at solo practice level and readily scaling to enterprise solutions. All supported and driven by the American Physical Therapy Orthopedic Section Guidleines!

    Enhances my client experience and improves outcomes! Allows for a deeper and more meaningful relationship between provider and patient. Every PT should have a personal practice and make their knowledge and skills available via telehealth!

    1. Awesome, James!!! Thanks for commenting. That’s so great to hear about telehealth improving the lives of patients and providers alike. Super excited to hear it!!

  5. Telehealth, like “biopsychosocial model of health”, “client-centred” therapy, “neuroscience pain education”, etc., are examples of the trendy sound bytes that PT grabs onto that never become actualized but invariably get replaced by the next shiny object. Telehealth will not save the profession from itself. It will expose the profession as overly credentialed with an overlapping skill set that many others can do for far less money. Fix your house first!

    1. Thanks for sharing your opinion, David! I respectfully disagree. There are companies creating telehealth solutions that will significantly improve our ability to reach patients who would otherwise not receive the care they need. Be part of the solution!

      1. Not everyone lives in the US, and while I agree with many points, if it was so great, people wouldn’t leave the profession at the high rate that they do. The problems facing the profession include a profound lack of identity, without which there is nothing unique that it can offer that others do for far less cost, often with greater expertise. Telehealth is not a panacea, yet it is the latest bangle that it adorns itself with. Why does it require a PT to offer this when the content offered within the face to face setting is so limited in effectiveness? This is a very poorly thought through strategy that demonstrates how difficult critical thinking is for the profession of PT.

  6. Thank you so much for giving me additional ideas to support a concierge PT/Personal Training business I am in the beginning stages of creating! I am a licensed PTA, but fear for my future due to recent Medicare reimbursement changes and lack of sound business practices my current OP clinic struggles with. I live in Florida and see a lot of retirees, so I would be interested to see what devices I could have my clients/patients use under the umbrella of Telehealth to qualify as a service provider of this healthcare technology. Some Grandmas like Iphones, some do not!

    1. Hi Shirley! Thank you so much for your comment. I totally agree, and am seeing more grandmas with iPhones every day…it’s so cool! Very excited to see a PTA taking this route, and would love to hear your experiences. Please keep in touch!

  7. Joint Academy is a Swedish based company that has started a telehealth program in California focusing on osteoarthritis care. This program was implemented in Sweden and now they are spreading one state at a time in USA. I have 29 years of physical therapy experience and am excited to start telehealth physical therapy as I truly enjoy educating patients. Also 90% of the time I have a diagnosis in the first 15 minutes spent listening to a patient., so I think this will be a good fit for me. I am also considering McKenzie certification to assist.


    1. Hi Kathleen! That’s so cool! Yes, McKenzie certification is looked upon favorably in the telehealth world, due to its focus on hands-off treatments and education-based approach. Please keep us posted! I’m excited for you to pursue this path!! – Meredith 🙂

    2. Hi Kathleen – Very interesting and thanks for sharing! I work for a rehabilitative device startup based in Southern California and would love to hear more about the progress you have made in Telehealth. I think there are opportunities for synergy I’d like to explore. Feel free to email me at!


  8. Absolutely fantastic! Very thorough and a great introduction to the landscape. Excited to keep track of it all and see how it unfolds!

  9. Meredith,
    Thank you so much for this article! I have an interview with trainer Rx, which is not a company you referenced but one that appears to be actively recruiting PTs at this time! My MDT cert has allowed me to feel comfortable providing quality patient care without needing manual PT!

    1. Hey Amanda! Thanks for the kind words, and congrats on your upcoming interview! I’m so excited to learn more about this new company! Once you find out a bit more, please do reach out so I can add them to the list 🙂 – Meredith

  10. Great article and very helpful information! Thank you very much, Meredith! Looking forward for more articles from you about Telehealth PT!

  11. Great blog! I have been trying to coordinate my travel and clinical life for years! Telehealth could be the answer.

    Just wondering, are you aware of any international Telehealth organisations? I’m registered to practice in Ireland, UK, New Zealand and Australia. I don’t have the time to set up my own clinic, but would be really keen to work for one that facilitates Telehealth!

    Thanks for all the great information!

    1. Hi Jeff! Thank you so much for the nice words! That is such a great question. I don’t know of any international telehealth organizations offhand, but a quick Google search shows that lots of medical (physician) telehealth organizations are moving into the global space. This tells me that physical therapy probably won’t be too far behind 🙂 It will be so exciting to see where we go with remote therapy! I hope this helps you realize your dreams of traveling while still treating clinically! Please keep me posted; cheers!

  12. Hi, question for USA PT’s doing telepath –> Do you need a PT license on that State where your client is physically located inorder to do consulting? (e.g. Client in NY and you have california PT license) . Thank you!

    1. Hi Alena! I believe so…if you are treating a NY client and you’re in CA with a CA PT license, you would need a NY license to treat that patient. Hope this helps! Thanks for posting!

  13. Thank you for great info. More and more healthcare reimbursements are decreasing it’s getting lot more tougher survival in therapy field. Do you think patients trend is changing and are willing to pay cash?, i feel telePT has lot of scope to grow but patients paying out of pocket can be a big question to further expand in this new arena.

    1. Hi Ven!
      I agree that relying on reimbursements for telehealth is rough because of the uncertain payment landscape. At this point, I look at telehealth as a form of cash-based practice, or as an addendum to traditional care. Whether someone is willing to pay out of pocket for services really depends on the value you can bring, AND whether you can translate that value into the language your target market speaks. If you’re offering them faster recovery, more convenience, more sport-specific rehab, etc., they’d be more likely to pay cash vs. if you’re just saying “Hey, I’m a PT!” I hope this helps! Thanks for your comment, and let me know if you have additional questions 🙂 – Meredith

  14. Thanks for a great article, I’ve been wanting to do some kind of online business for several years and as I get closer to that dream I realize how limited I am to working in just my state. The Compact is great but it’s not big enough yet and my state isn’t in it so I can’t even apply. Sitting and waiting for legislation to catch up to all of our great ideas! Thanks for keeping us in the loop!

    1. Hey Heather! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and I hear ya! It’s very “hurry up and wait” in certain states! The compact has expanded its reach since I wrote this article, but it’s still frustrating how few states belong. Here’s to hoping things take off in the next few years, and that all the states join the compact!

    1. Hey Jeffrey! I’m not sure, but you can reach out to your state board for additional resources. Also, you can get in touch with individual insurance providers to learn what their policies are on telerehab. I suspect that, given the current climate, things will be changing quickly in the next few months. Stay well!

  15. Meredith
    Thanks for all the info. Much appreciated. I was wondering if you would be able to help connect me with current PT’s who are already doing this and have experience with the different platforms and such. My interests are personal, but given the circumstances at present, the Company I currently work for may be asked to see if telehealth is a viable option so I’d like to inquire a bit on a practical as well as an implementation level. I can send you my contact info.

    Thanks for your consideration and Be Well.

    1. Hi David! Thank you for the kind words. I will be updating this article soon to include more resources, as I have been getting inundated with requests for companies hiring, etc. As for specific folks using teletherapy, there are a few Facebook groups where you can connect directly with people! I would definitely start there b/c the groups are HUGE and have lots of people who can answer specific questions. Cheers and stay well!

  16. Hi! Thank you so much for this post! I wanted to reach out and possibly connect with those who are interested in starting in telehealth. Please contact me at or on Facebook as develoPT Pediatrics. I also have started a group called the Telehealth Troopers. Hope to see you all there to collaborate! Thanks 🙂

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  18. Hi Meredith,

    Thank you for the great article! I was contacted by a company called Onsite physio and wanted to know if you or anyone you know has heard of this company? Thank you!

  19. Hi Meredith, this article was extremely helpful! I’m thinking about starting my own telehealth PT company for myself but have lots of questions. This article answered a lot of them. I’m doing travel PT right now but if that dries up it would be nice to have my own company started. Thank you

  20. Great resources, thank you so much for putting this together. I’m in an outpatient Functional Medicine clinic and we stopped all in-person visits 2 weeks ago. I am working on a blog post to educate our clients about why on earth they would do Physical Therapy via telesehealth, and this article was very helpful. Thanks for doing what you do!

    1. Hey Jessie, thank you so much for the feedback and kind words! I’m so glad that you are able to use some of the content to help inform your clients. You rock! Keep me posted on how things go, and please stay well!

  21. Thanks for the great article, Meredith.

    My team put together a teletherapy marktetplace over the weekend at a pandemic response virtual hackathon. We’re hoping therapists can use this to connect with new patients via telehealth, and vice versa.

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  22. The physiotherapy profession it seems, has one again demonstrated that ethics gets tossed to the wind when the next shiny object grabs its attention. Such a shallow profession that still hasn’t reconciled its severe attrition/burnout rate. You think telerehab is going to save PT from itself?

  23. Hello,
    I am a PT with 5 years experience in home care (currently doing) and about 3 years prior in outpatient PT. I have recently been very intrigued and doing a lot of research on Telehealth. First off, thanks for this wonderful information. Truly helpful. I was hoping to hear if companies are willing to hire if you have to Telehealth experience? I would love to know any other recommendations to land a Telehealth job without that particular experience. Thanks so much, Jennifer

    1. Hey Jennifer!
      Thanks for the kind words about the article! To answer your question, yes! Many are! There are companies that are currently scaling up their staffing b/c they’re in growth phases (given the changes from coronavirus), and I recently spoke with the head of one. He told me that they are aggressively hiring soon, and that the most important thing they care about is competent clinicians. It will help if you can show you’re tech savvy (like if you’re the EMR “super user” at your facility, or if you’ve done an inservice or two on telehealth (or belong to the APTA’s tech SIG, etc.). Not needed, but those things do look good on the resume. Best of luck! Please keep me posted on things! – Meredith

      1. Thank you so much Meredith. This information is extremely helpful! And I will definitely use these tips! Out of curiosity, can you say which company he is head of? 😊

  24. Incredibly informative post! Thank you for spelling things out in such detail. It certainly gives me a bit of hope as I start to foray into the telehealth PT world. I also really appreciate the updates as everything is constantly changing due to COVID. Thanks for the information and inspiration!

    1. Hi Annika! Thanks for the kind words! Messages like yours inspire me to continue pushing to update the articles and put out more content! Thanks again, and best of luck with your telehealth journey 🙂

  25. Thanks for the great post! I am a physio from Hong Kong. It is informative and encouraging me to try tele-medicine especially during the pandemic. Yet I still hesitate and wonder how to perform differential diagnosis when we can only ask the client to do functional movement without any special test. I am sure we can give advice on the entire managment and share exercise via video chat. But are we going to rely too much on the subjective examination rather than objective assessment part? Do you have any advice?

    1. Hey Ivan!
      Thanks for the nice note. I definitely understand your concern with telehealth. The way I see it, it’s a new frontier. We’re figuring out which cases and scenarios can be safely and effectively managed remotely, and which ones really do need in-person visits. My feeling is that it’s usually possible to get a very thorough history via telehealth, and that can be used to with some visual assessments to sort of triage people. If it seems a patient really does need in-person care, they can be referred out accordingly. Conversely, if the patient presents with something like a simple ankle sprain or shoulder impingement, it’s likely possible to be managed through telehealth. I hope this is helpful! Best of luck in your endeavors!

  26. Dear Meredith,

    Thank you for this super helpful article. Are you aware of any additional telehealth PT companies that are hiring physical therapists beyond the ones you listed? In other words, in the months since you posted the article, have you heard of any more companies hiring telehealth PTs, especially in Oregon?

    Thanks again,

    1. Hey Richard!
      I’m so glad you found the article helpful. I haven’t heard of any new telehealth PT companies since I last updated the article, but if you come across any and would like me to add them, please reach out!

  27. Hey Meredith,
    Thank you for your article. I’m a NY licensed physical therapist and am moving to Copenhagen at the end of the year. I was wondering if it’s legal to provide telehealth services to NY patients from abroad?
    Thanks again.

    1. Hi Rachel,
      I am also a licensed PT in the US, hoping to renew next year for a compact license. I may be moving to Amsterdam next year and I’m looking into options to continue teletherapy while I live abroad. By any chance you are seeing this comment a year later, have you found answers or been able to start your own practice legally? Also, how would taxes work with this?

  28. Thanks for this amazing post filled with so much helpful information. I would say you did a great job it shows your hard work and research I really appreciate your work. It would be great if you could write one blog for our company

  29. Hi Meredith, Thank you so much for your extremely helpful articles!!! I found another telehealth PT company – Agile Virtual PT.

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