Lisa Harvey of PTX talks to delegates at stand D14

Joint effort by physical therapists builds exercise library for all to share

A website produced by physical therapists enables professional colleagues to compile individualised exercise programmes for their patients. And at the WCPT Congress its developers are spreading the word about a new version of the free software, allowing physical therapists to send the programmes to patients’ mobile devices.

www.physiotherapyexercises.com, also known as PTX, is a professional partner of WCPT – reflecting shared aims and values. Its website provides a library of over 1,000 exercises to choose from, and there are accompanying apps that have now been downloaded 120,000 times. 
 
The not-for-profit initiative has been built by Australian physiotherapists with input from colleagues around the world. Its website has been translated into nine languages and continues to expand.
 
“With the latest version, therapists can schedule different exercises for each day and patients can use the app to record their own exercise compliance,” said Lisa Harvey from the University of Sydney, one of the free service’s originators. “Therapists can then monitor patients’ compliance and remotely update their patients’ exercise programmes.”
 
“Come and see us at our stand (D14). We have worked for 15 years on this project and only want to ensure that our efforts are not wasted and that physiotherapists know about this resource.”