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The global burden of MSK pain has been well documented. Conservative, non-surgical care, including exercise, education, and behavioral coaching are universally recommended as first-line treatments, as they can achieve similar outcomes to surgical intervention, with lower costs and less risk. MSK care through digital formats may improve outcomes for these services by increasing patient engagement and enabling patients to take a proactive role in their health care by learning self-management strategies.
Each patient will be surrounded by a complete clinical team and technology for the most clinically-proven MSK care in a 1-on-1 Telehealth sessions. This will consist of a physiotherapist/clinician, and proactive outreach by health coaches to ensure adherence in the program and lasting behavioral change with whom they communicate on a weekly basis via virtual online sessions, text messaging, email or in-app messaging. Each patient will also be offered a 20-30 minute phone call, on 3 occasions during the DCP. Patients are instructed on exercise therapy, read two educational articles and log their symptoms at least twice.
When chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is left untreated or becomes protracted, many patients may start to struggle with increased pain and related mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Understanding the connection between MSK pain and mental health is critical. We approach this problem by encompassing behavioural therapy topics in our DC Program. This will be addressed through educational articles, brief interactive modules, and focused on common CBT topics such as catastrophizing, active coping, fear avoidance and goal setting/tracking.
Anytime 1-on-1 Telehealth sessions with a physiotherapist for diagnosis and monitoring.
Unlimited outreach by health coaches ensures adherence in the program and lasting behavioral change.
Education articles will be provided along with interactive modules.
CFT targets beliefs, fears and associated behaviours (both movement and lifestyle) of each individual with MSK pain.
Wearable technology provides real-time feedback and tracking.
Proactive outreach through text messaging, emails or in-app messaging ensures adherence.
Digital Care for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A 10,000 User Longitudinal Observational Study published a retrospective cohort study by Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, CA; Quantitative Sciences Unit, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. The conclusions of the study found that patients experienced a 68.5% average improvement in VAS score between baseline and 12-weeks, and 78.6% of program completers achieved clinically meaningful improvement in pain reduction, increased function, and in the measured psychosocial variables of depression and anxiety.