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Telemedicine Doctor

David N Westerdahl, MD -  - Sports Medicine Physician

Sports Health Northwest, Inc

David N Westerdahl, MD

Sports Medicine Physician & Non-Operative Orthopaedic Specialist located in Portland, OR

Telemedicine is the next best thing to a house call.  Instead of spending time fighting traffic, putting miles on your car, and wasting fuel, connecting with your doctor online can allow for you to see your doctor from the comfort of your sofa.  With secure and encrypted video and audio connection, you can talk to your physician confidently and confidentially.    

The virtual visit is here to stay

At Sports Health Northwest, we are happy to offer telemedicine visits for our patients. Avoid the hassles of driving like waiting in traffic, wasting gas, and getting frustrated with other drivers.  We can perform telemedicine visits for new patients as well as our established patients.  Technology allows us to utilize smartphones in a manner similar to FaceTime to utilize secure and encrypted virtual visits for our patients. While virtual visits have limitations because the physical exam is very minimal,  and connecting with your doctor through a screen isn't the same as being face to face when it comes to other forms of communication like non-verbal communication,  they can be useful as a means to answer questions about a particular injury, discuss a diagnosis, review medication effect, review labs, or look at relevant imaging.  

There are many reasons why going to the doctor's office can be challenging and why someone might prefer a telemedicine appointment. A few of these include working from home, caring for a loved one, transportation costs, and feeling under the weather. Fortunately, insurances cover telemedicine appointments.  

At Sports Health Northwest, we are happy to try to accommodate your needs through virtual appointments while balancing the need for the highest healthcare quality with the practical demands of your unique circumstances.

If you have additional questions about telemedicine visits, and want to know if this is an option for your particular injury, condition or medical concern, please give us a call as we are happy to answer your questions and set you up for a virtual visit.