Last Updated 3/20/2020
Dear Patients and Colleagues,
It is an unprecedented time as our community manages the daily changes to our lives in an attempt to minimize the spread of COVID-19. I take some personal comfort in knowing that the most intelligent scientists in the world are working round the clock to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.
In our ongoing efforts to “flatten the curve” and reduce risk to our patients and staff, Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy (SOPT) clinics will remain open for essential visits only. These will include, but are not limited to, patients being in acute pain, require services that can only be provided directly by a Physical Therapist, and post-operative care. We are temporarily reducing each Physical Therapist’s treatment availability in an effort to reduce their potential exposure and overall traffic in our facilities.
For non-essential care, Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy will now offer E-visits to replace in-clinic visits. Medicare and many other commercial insurances have temporarily allowed for re-imbursement for E-visit services for currently established patients of SOPT (New Evaluations are not allowed through E-visits, you must be evaluated in person if you have not had an Evaluation for your injury). However, there are very specific guidelines and regulations that need to be followed regarding this process and service. If you are interested in an E-visit, please contact our office at 401-384-6490 or you can reach out to your Physical Therapist via email:
We will continue to closely monitor information from the Center Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as our national, state and local health authorities. Knowledge, information and recommendations are evolving, and we will continue to reassess and make changes daily to minimize the risk of COVID-19 spread while minimizing its impact on your physical therapy care.
The safety of staff and patients is our highest priority. Covid-19 is a virus that is believed to spread in similar ways as the common cold or flu, such as when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
If you are a current patient and are experiencing any of these symptoms, or have been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, we ask that you contact your clinic by phone to change your appointment.
Additionally, any person who has traveled outside the mainland of the United States within the preceding 14 days must wait 14 days before coming to Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Please contact us by phone to change your appointment.
As a reminder, in-clinic physical therapy visits will be for essential reasons only. We are able to supplement with Telehealth/E-visit appointments upon request. Please call our office(s) or reach out to your physical therapist via email (as listed above).
The websites below can provide you with more information on COVID-19 and precautions you can take. We encourage you to visit these sites to learn more.
The CDC has the most current information about the virus, including everything you need to know about how the virus spreads, how it’s treated, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you get sick. Stay on top of the latest by visiting the CDC website or Rhode Island Department of Health.
Our team is working hard to be safe, calm and continue to provide the best possible care to the people who need it most.
Jason Ulisse, PT
Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Inc.