In today's modern technology world PT patients are used to using their technology resources, such as their phones and PDAs, for everyday tasks. Why not add these tools to their rehabilitation program. Using these tools to record images and videos of their exercises can be a great way to remind the patient how to do the exercise correctly and provide added visuals many people need.
In the recent discussion on the use of new technology to deliver exercise programs, I am not sure if anyone mentioned the use of smart phones. They are a brilliant tool for helping patients understand and review their exercises and improvements. My most common experience relates to scapula retraining – very difficult for patients to visualise their own scapula and understand what we are trying to achieve with them. When assessing scapular posture, movement, or control under load if I find a significant deficit, asymmetry or dysfunction, I ask the patient for their phone set to ‘camera’ or ‘video’. I then record images of their scapulae on their phone and show them to the client, pointing out the problems we are going to work on. I ask them to save the images or video for future reference so we can compare after a rehab program. Visualising the problems is a powerful way of helping the client understand and commit to the program. Having it to review at home and show to partners, parents, coaches, bosses and so on can gain better support from other stakeholders.