How it Works

With SmartPT, creating home exercise prescriptions is simple and fast. Point-Click-Save functionality allows you to create a HEP in minutes. SmartPT runs on desktop computers, laptops and tablets so you can use it on the go. Your patients will love the Free SmartPT Mobile App. It's branded for your clinic and provides patients their HEPs and condition information in the palm of their hand. What's more, with the SmartPT Mobile App your patients can log exercises and track progress, set exercise and appointment reminders and refer your clinic to family and friends.

Physical Therapist's Sample Kit

Following is an example of how a Physical Therapist used SmartPT while treating a patient:

Background Information: Jamie sustained a lower back injury while attempting to lift a heavy box from the floor. She felt immediate pain in the left side of her lower back and had difficulty standing up. The pain was debilitating and she was not able to carry out simple everyday activities.

Create Condition

During her initial evaluation, the Physical Therapist determined that her injury was likely due to a lateral disc bulge. She helped Jamie to understand the mechanism and source of her pain, what movements to encourage/avoid, and justify prescribed exercises by showing her a SmartPT animated video of her condition.

3D Animated Video of Lower Back Lateral Disc Bulge

Create HEP

Then the Physical Therapist created Jamie’s Home Exercise Program that included movements to encourage appropriate stress to the disc in order to provide relief of back pain, and initiation of strengthening for the core musculature to help manage her problem. Proper form, frequency, and duration were all instructed and discussed. Her exercise program will be progressed at each future visit.

Screenshot of Jamie’s HEP created with the SmartPT HEP builder. Click on the Play button to view the video.

HEP and condition delivery methods:

If Jamie was not a smartphone user, her PT could have given her a printout of her condition information and HEP, or she could have emailed a PDF of them to Jamie.

Jamie receives her HEP and condition information on her smartphone via the SmartPT App.

Jamie opens the App's homepage where she sees her PT Clinic’s branding and logo. She opens her condition information and HEP by clicking on the respective icons.

Jamie views her condition animation in the App.

Jamie views the narrated videos and photos of her home exercises in the App.

Frequently Asked Questions

    General Questions

  • Who uses SmartPT?

    SmartPT is designed for physical therapists and students at academic institutions in the aforementioned fields.

  • How does SmartPT work?

    You use the SmartPT Condition Builder for patient education. The Condition Builder contains hundreds of 3D condition and normal anatomy animations. Still frames from the animations can be drawn on and annotated for the patient.

    You use the SmartPT HEP Builder to create home exercise programs. Our intuitive search engine allows you to filter exercises by body area and exercise category (Flexibility, ROM/Self-Mobilization and Strengthening). Customize the exercises for patients with sessions per day, sets, reps, and weight.

    Then select a delivery method. Condition information and/or the HEP can be printed, emailed, or sent to the SmartPT Mobile App patients download and install on the smartphone for free.

  • Do I need to download or install software?

    No, SmartPT is a web-based program so no software installation is required. All you need is a browser and internet access.

  • Can I access SmartPT anywhere?

    You can access SmartPT anywhere you can access the internet and it’s icompatible with your desktop computer, iPad or Android tablet.

  • How many patients can be entered?

    There is no limit to the number of patients.

  • How many HEPs can I create and give out?

    There is no limit to the number of HEPs you can create.

  • Can I add my clinic logo and information?

    Yes, SmartPT is branded for your clinic. Your logo, address, website address, and phone number are displayed on condition and HEP PDF documents that can be printed and emailed.

  • Can I get access to patient data?

    Yes, as long as your subscription is current you have access to all your patient data.

  • Is the patient data safe?

    Yes, SmartPT uses the latest encryption and is HIPAA compliant.

  • How often is content added?

    Content is added quarterly.

  • Can I add my own exercises?

    Yes, it is easy to add your own exercises, including videos and photos.

  • Can I add my own conditions?

    Yes, it is easy to add your own conditions, including animation videos and still frames.

  • Can I create protocols?

    Yes, protocols (Saved HEPS/Saved Conditions) can be created and you can modify them for each patient.

  • Can I customize SmartPT’s exercises?

    Yes, you change/customize any exercise’s name details, and instructions. You can also save the exercises you customize to use in future HEPs.

  • If I add my own exercises or conditions, will other people be able to see them?

    When you add your own exercises or conditions you designate them as public or private. If you designate them as public, they will be accessible to SmartPT users in your clinic. If you designate them as private, they will be accessible only to you.

  • Will the logo we add to the system be displayed on printed handouts?

    Yes, your clinic’s logo, physical address, website address, and phone number is displayed on both printed handouts and the HEP and/or condition PDF document that is emailed to the patient.

  • We have multiple clinic locations. Will all patient records be accessible from any location or just from the clinic that created the patient record?

    Typically, patient records are associated with the clinic that created the record in the SmartPT. However, if you have multiple clinic locations and want the ability to access all patient records from any location, we will configure it accordingly.

  • Can patients print their own HEPs?

    Yes, you can email patients a PDF document of their HEP and/or condition that they can print.

  • What about upgrades? Do I have to pay for them?

    Upgrades, updates, and new features are constantly being added. Check the portal home page for the latest updates.

  • SmartPT Mobile App for Patients

  • How does the SmartPT Mobile App work?

    The SmartPT Mobile App is branded for your clinic. Patients will think it’s your clinic’s own custom App. You can add your logo, information about your clinic, clinic news, articles and answers to frequently asked questions.

    Patients download the App for free. Using the App, patients can view their condition information and HEPs including videos and photos. They can set exercise and appointment reminders, log and track their progress, and refer family and friend through the App. The SmartPT Mobile App lets you stay connected with patients even when their treatment is over!

  • What are the system requirements?

    The SmartPT Mobile App for patients is compatible with iPhone 4, 5 and 6, and Android Version 4.2 and above.

  • What is the size of the App when it’s downloaded?

    The size of the App is 4 MB.

  • Does my clinic get notified when a patient makes a referral through the App?

    Yes, your clinic’s SmartPT Admin has access to a report that displays data on all referrals made through the App. Report data includes the patient who made the referral, who they referred, and when they were referred.

  • Technical and Support Questions

  • What kind of computers and devices will SmartPT work on?

    SmartPT can be used on a Windows or Mac computer with a browser and access to the internet. It also works on iPad and Android based tablets.

  • What are the system requirements?

    Web browsers including and after IE 11, Safari 5, Firefox 33.1.1 and Chrome 38.0.2125.101. We cannot guarantee that older browsers will work.

    Web Portal works on iPad 3 with iOS Version 8.0 and above.

  • Does SmartPT provide technical support?

    We provide technical support with tasks and navigation related to SmartPT. We do not provide technical support for issues related to your computer or internet service provider. Email support@smartptonline.com for technical support.

  • Who do I contact for more help?