Telehealth has been steadily growing in popularity among both patients and doctors over the past decade. In fact, the CDC reports that during some periods of the pandemic, the demand for telehealth services more than doubled.
Still, the idea of virtual doctor visits is pretty new, and even though telehealth offers plenty of benefits, a lot of patients decide to stick with the traditional mode of care — visiting their doctor’s office in person. Patients don’t know what types of medical issues can be treated with telehealth or what to expect during a virtual doctor visit.
At Affordable & Restorative Health, Winston Griner, MD, offers telehealth care for an array of medical concerns, including both acute and chronic issues. If you’re wondering if it could be a good choice for you, here’s what you should know about the telehealth services Dr. Griner offers through his practice in Nashville, Tennessee.
Telehealth for chronic care
Nearly half of all Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, including diseases that require ongoing treatment or impair mobility (or both). That also includes diseases that become more common with age, like:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Lung problems (like COPD)
- Cognitive issues
Managing a chronic medical problem requires regular doctor visits to make sure your treatment stays on track. With telehealth visits, Dr. Griner can monitor and evaluate your chronic medical needs remotely, right from the comfort of your own home, adjusting and tailoring your treatment as your needs evolve.
For older patients, Dr. Griner also offers the 100Plus® remote medical monitoring system to keep track of glucose levels, cardiovascular data, and other assessments to assist in your evaluation and care.
Telehealth for acute illnesses
If you’re not feeling well, one of the last things you want to do is get in your car, drive to the doctor’s office, and wait for your turn to be seen. Many acute illnesses, like a cold, flu, or back pain, can be treated via telehealth, so you can stay home and rest.
Of course, there are some acute illnesses that require an in-office visit or lab testing. During your initial telehealth visit, Dr. Griner will evaluate your symptoms and recommend additional treatment or follow-up care, just like an in-office evaluation.
As with chronic illness management, avoiding an office visit can prevent you from picking up germs from other patients, and it can also prevent you from spreading an illness to others.
Learn how telehealth can help you
Telehealth makes it easier to get the medical care you need, so you can keep your wellness on track.
While some medical issues require an in-person evaluation or on-site lab testing, many acute and chronic health issues can be successfully treated using our advanced, secure telehealth system.
To learn more about telehealth and how it can benefit you, call Affordable & Restorative Health at 615-903-2401 or request an appointment online today.