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April 13, 2020

How Wearable Technology Can Help With Physical Therapy

How Wearable Technology Can Help with Physical Therapy

Sometimes when you leave the physical therapist’s office, the best laid plans to follow through on your PT goals fall apart. So many of us have smart watches and fitness trackers like the Apple Watch and Fitbit. These amazing gadgets can keep track of your activity levels as you go about your day, but they can also help with physical therapy when you leave your physical therapist’s office.

Using your smart watch to help with physical therapy

Person with Fitness Tracker WatchWhether you have an Apple Watch or some other variety of smart watch, this piece of wearable technology can help with physical therapy tracking and goals. Some fitness features included in a smart watch might be:

  • Recording workouts
  • Step tracking
  • Heart rate tracking
  • Goal setting
  • Long term trend data

A smart watch provides a great way to help with physical therapy. It will often include software that tracks session-based tasks that would be assigned by your physical therapist. When you’re completing these activities on your own at home, this information can be invaluable to meeting your physical therapy goals.

Using your Fitbit to help with physical therapy

Wearable fitness trackers like the Fitbit can also help with physical therapy. Many of the features of this wearable technology are similar to those of the smart watch, and they can include:

  • Heart rate tracking
  • Activity tracking
  • GPS tracking

Depending on which version you own, fitness trackers tend to be smaller and lighter than a smart watch. They are also more likely to be waterproof which can be helpful if swimming is part of your physical therapy routine.

No matter what type of wearable technology you choose, these handy gadgets can keep you on track with your physical therapy plan. The better you are at sticking to your goals, the quicker you will heal from your injury or surgery. The physical therapy office at Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is here to help with your physical therapy needs. Give us a call today!

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