Online physiotherapy service: a literature review / Teleatendimento fisioterapêutico: uma revisão de literatura


  • Isabela Bozelli Brazilian Journals Publicações de Periódicos, São José dos Pinhais, Paraná
  • Laís Gobbo Fonseca
  • Caroline Coletti de Camargo
  • Aryane Flauzino Machado
  • Berlis Ribeiro dos Santos Menossi



Telemedicine, Telerehabilitation, Evaluation, Rehabilitation, Quarantine.


INTRODUCTION: With the emergence of the pandemic caused by COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2), new public health security measures have been adopted, including the social distance. In this way, it became feasible that health professionals, including physiotherapists, act remotely, ensuring attention to their patients avoiding compromising the effectiveness of their work. OBJECTIVES: To verify the methods and strategies used for the online physiotherapy session and to analyze the main injuries treated and the benefits obtained through the treatments. METHOD: This is a literature review based on studies from nine electronic databases (Pubmed, Scielo, LILACS, Cochrane Library, SportDiscus, PEDro and Science Direct), in addition to the manual search. After a pre-selection of title and abstract, the studies were selected by exclusion (unviable methods for physiotherapy, treatments that are more specific and unreproducible rehabilitation strategies) and inclusion criteria (the study should expose a model of the online physiotherapy service and show current content). RESULTS: 5,964 studies were analyzed and after screening, 18 were selected to be included in this review. The online physiotherapy service was used mainly for the treatments of orthopedic and rheumatic disorders and were performed through online physiotherapy service systems as videoconference, phone calls, explanatory handouts, texting and apps combined with videoconference. The intervention period varied between 4 and 8 treatment weeks. CONCLUSION: The studies show effectiveness, reliability and validity of the online physiotherapy service on orthopedic and rheumatic disorders. Furthermore, this system provides benefits as a reduction of cost and waiting time and ease of access.


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How to Cite

Bozelli, I., Fonseca, L. G., de Camargo, C. C., Machado, A. F., & Menossi, B. R. dos S. (2021). Online physiotherapy service: a literature review / Teleatendimento fisioterapêutico: uma revisão de literatura. Brazilian Journal of Development, 7(4), 37512–37524.



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