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Telemedicine Specialist

Dr. Matthew Pifer -  - Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon

Dr. Matthew Pifer

Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeon & Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgeon located in Santa Barbara, CA

Having access to a trusted pain management specialist is important, but making it into the office is not always easy. That’s why Matthew Pifer, MD, offers telemedicine services to his patients in Santa Barbara, California, who entrust him with their care. This option allows you to connect with Dr. Pifer from the comfort of your home or office at a time that fits your schedule. Booking your visit is fast and easily online or over the phone, so don’t delay.

Telemedicine Q & A

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine is a method of health care that allows you to connect with your physician without sharing the same physical location. While the concept of telemedicine has received renewed attention as of late, it is not a new idea.

The act of connecting with your doctor remotely began in the 1950s when many American homes began having telephones installed. Over the years, telemedicine has shifted as technology advanced, and today’s telemedicine options are far more responsive and effective than those of decades past.

What are the benefits of telemedicine?

While there are certain limitations to what a virtual visit can accomplish, telemedicine can play a powerful role in your overall health and wellness. The most obvious benefit is the convenience factor.

Telemedicine allows you to “visit” with Dr. Pifer from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you happen to be. You can book your visit to suit your schedule, and won’t have to worry about traveling to and from the office, which saves time.

This approach to health care is a great fit for patients who need to interact with Dr. Pifer but who are concerned about an in-office visit. This includes elderly patients and those who have a weakened immune system. Telemedicine allows you to get the care you need without exposure to others who may be ill.

What can telemedicine doctor visits accomplish?

With telemedicine, Dr. Pifer can deliver many of the same aspects of care you would receive during an in-person visit.

For example, if you’re currently working with Dr. Pifer to manage a chronic health issue, like arthritis, telemedicine visits are a great way to check-in and assess your progress. Dr. Pifer can determine if you need adjustments to your current medications, diet, exercise, or other lifestyle matters.

If you have an acute joint health need, Dr. Pifer can use a telemedicine visit to help you determine if you need to come in for imaging or hands-on treatment. If self-care is all you need, you receive the guidance and information to move forward with your care plan, and the peace of mind that comes with having a trusted advisor monitor your progress.

How do telemedicine visits work?

Most laptops, desktops, tablets, and even many cell phones have everything you need to complete a telemedicine visit. Any device equipped with a camera, speakers, and microphone will do.

A quiet, well-lit area to conduct your visit is best. Dr. Pifer’s office communicates with you about the format of the visit and provides instructions on how to initiate the connection.

As with any health visit, feel free to bring a written list of questions or concerns and be prepared to share information about your symptoms. You can also take notes during your session to make sure you don’t miss anything.

If you’d like to give telemedicine a try, contact Dr. Pifer’s office by phone, or use the easy online booking tool to set up your appointment.