Following a small initial study, a UK-based startup reports that its digital health platform can decrease pain and stiffness in patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Hinge Health‘s platform decreased pain by 52 percent on average and stiffness by 56 percent over 12 weeks, among a group of 20 patients.
CEO Daniel Perez founded the startup in October 2014 with co-founder Gabriel Mecklenburg, the company’s COO. Perez says that MSDs, which can include lower back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain, are an interesting area in healthcare because, while there’s a broad consensus on best practices for care, the infrastructure for delivering that care is lacking from healthcare systems in both the US and the UK.
“Luckily there’s a pretty solid agreement among the medical community about what best practice care is,” Perez told MobiHealthNews. “It starts with education, physical therapy, weight loss, and social support. However, this process is very complex, very onerous, it’s difficult to scale. Less than one in five employees with a musculoskeletal disorder is actively seeing that best practice care. So if you look at the problem, it’s quite large, it’s quite expensive.” Keep reading>>