e-Exercise

e-Exercise


E-Exercise combines the advantages of the digital world with the professional knowledge of the physiotherapist. This blended program has been developed especially
to help patients with arthritis in the knee or hip to take more exercise. Part of the patients with arthritis
in the hip and knee tend to move less because of the pain and stiffness they experience. The e-Exercise program can be used
to help these patients to take more exercise step by step. The e-Exercise program goes on for twelve weeks and during these twelve weeks the patient will visit
the physiotherapist four or five times and he will also follow the
online program. How does it work? E-Exercise is a user-friendly
program with a login portal for the patient as well as the physiotherapist. The physiotherapist draws up a plan for treatment
in cooperation with the patient. In this plan a central activitity is chosen
in line with the kind of the request for help. Four suitable exercises are selected
that are important for the patient. The account is activated by the patient
at home. During the first weeks, the patient follows the
basic meeting for the Graded Activity For three days the patient writes down
at which level the central activity can be done and to what extent he
feels pain. The results are discussed at
a next visit to the physiotherapist. Physiotherapist and patient together decide what the short-term and long-term aim will be. The patient will now mainly work at home
following the weekly instructions. The central activity is developed. Patient-specific exercises are
offered supported by video images. In addition, the patient will be able to watch every week
a new informative film about arthitis exercise and chronic pain. Once every few weeks the patient will visit
the physiotherapist to discuss the progress. If needed, the program can be made a bit
heavier or lighter. In practice, we regularly notice that
patients forget to do the exercises for home work, but e-Exercise has several tools
to prevent this. For example, the patient receives weekly reminder-mails and videos are supporting the instructions. At the end of the program the patient has
achieved the short-term aim. The patient has now experienced that
despite of the pain, physical activity must not be avoided. The patient will experience that daily
activities like shopping, will be much easier now. At the moment, the average number for treatments
for arthritis is 17 treatments at physiotherapists. Using e-Exercise the patient visits
the physiotherapist only four or five times, but the online program
offers him the care he needs. This make the program very valuable
for patients with a limited health insurance or patients who
are too busy to visit the physiotherapist every week. In the e-Exercise program the physiotherapist is active with eHealth and the patient is active with arthritis.