The Elbow Physical Examination for Telemedicine Encounters
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a decrease in outpatient clinic visits, with a corresponding increase in remote telehealth evaluations [24,30]. Modern technologies have allowed for user-friendly web-based videoconferencing platforms to facilitate patient-clinician interactions in a safe and effective manner . The social distancing measures and in-person evaluation restrictions imposed by the pandemic have forced patients and clinicians to embrace this opportunity to continue receiving and providing care. Several studies have shown that telehealth visits reduce visit times, wait times, and overall health care costs, while providing a similar level of patient satisfaction as in-person visits [23,26,37,38]. Despite previous reports highlighting the benefits of telehealth, it has not been widely adopted in orthopedic surgery or sports medicine practices prior to the COVID-19 pandemic .