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Hinge Health provides personalized digital health treatments for people with knee and back pain - to help you enjoy what you love: be it skiing, hiking, or just playing with your kids.

After a successful test-run with Vail Resorts this summer, we have now extended access to all employees and dependents currently enrolled in the Vail Resorts Basic and Enhanced medical plans at no charge to you.

Our 12-week program is based on care recommendations by organizations like the American Orthopedic Association. The average participant reduces their pain by more than 50% at the end of the 12 weeks, and builds healthy habits that last for years to come. What’s more, 90% of people at risk of surgery reduce their need for invasive procedures.

Applications close on February 5th, 2017.


What you’ll get:

Instead of taking time out of your day to visit the physical therapist or spending hours digging through dubious online advice for your knee or back pain, you receive all the care to get better from Hinge Health’s pioneering toolkit - when and where you need it

  • A free tablet computer to deliver your personalized 12-week digital care program through Hinge Health’s mobile app
  • Wearable motion sensors that guide you through exercise therapy, providing real-time feedback
  • Personalized one-on-one support from a dedicated Hinge Health coach
  • Access to interactive education, team support, cognitive behavioral therapy, and weight loss support tools.

 


How it works

Exercise therapy

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Our sensor technology guides you through a personalized routine of stretching and strengthening exercises, based on expert recommendations - all in the comfort of your own home (or anywhere else you choose). Every activity is logged, every goal documented. You'll be able to track your progress over time and aim for ever higher goals.

 

Personal coaching

You’ll get a dedicated Hinge Health coach to guide and support you over the 12 weeks. You’ll start with a one-on-one call, in which your coach will get to know you and your goals. Throughout the program your coach will take care of you and be in constant contact, tailoring the program to your needs and ensuring you stay on track to meet your goals. 

A multifaceted approach

We strongly believe that we cannot use the same approach for everyone. Research shows that a multi-faceted and personalized approach is most effective in managing chronic knee and back pain, so we provide the full toolkit: exercise therapy, interactive education, cognitive behavioral therapy, personal coaching and social support to get you back to the activities you love. 

Applications close on February 5th, 2017 


The Science

Knee and back pain are incredibly common, affecting almost all of us at some point in our lives. When these problems keep returning, they can have a severe impact on your quality of life.

However, it is possible to dramatically reduce pain, and return to a more active and normal life without the need for surgery or potent drugs. [1, 2]

In fact, all major medical bodies (such as the CDC, the American Orthopedic Association, and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommend a thorough program of such non-invasive or “conservative” treatment before surgery is ever contemplated. In addition to this, there is very little disagreement in the medical community about what this conservative care needs to consist of:  [3,4]

  • Information, to allow you as the patient to better understand the condition, and how to manage it.
  • Frequent stretching and strengthening exercises, combined with more general physical activity.
  • Help with weight loss, where this may help unload the knee or back.
  • Support to address the mental and social difficulties almost always associated with chronic pain.

Results from an effective program that contains all of the above can be extremely positive: Different studies have shown pain reduction as good as, or even better than that achieved by opioids (strong, addictive painkillers), a four-times smaller likelihood of needing knee or back surgery, and twice the increase in physical activity and rate of return to work seen through less sophisticated care. [1,2]

At Hinge Health we regularly see our remotely delivered programs achieve results as good as, or better than the expensive and inconvenient in-person care that these studies involved.

References
[1] Deyle, G. D. Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise in Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Ann Intern Med 132, 173–181 (2000).

[2] Gatchel, R. J. & Okifuji, A. Evidence-Based Scientific Data Documenting the Treatment and Cost-Effectiveness of Comprehensive Pain Programs for Chronic Nonmalignant Pain. The Journal of Pain 7, 779–793 (2006).

[3] ACR OA Guidelines Non-pharmacological - Knee and Hip. American College of Rheumatologists (2009).

[4] Best practice guideline: Low Back Pain. Intermountain Healthcare at <https://intermountainhealthcare.org/ext/Dcmnt?ncid=522833211>