This app is intended for use by anybody wanting to prepare for and recover from various types of bone and joint surgery such as hip or knee replacement surgery, foot and hand surgery such as Dupuytren’s Contracture (a condition that makes the finger curl in towards the palm), forefoot surgeries or foot surgery for conditions such as subtalar.
The app provides users with access to written info about physiotherapy and workout plans with videos demonstrating how exercises should be carried out. It also consists of tips on walking soon after hip and knee surgery, walking using a frame or crutches, managing discomfort, and strategies for showering, dressing and getting in and out of vehicles. The app features a calendar that reminds patients when to exercise.
Good clear videos and pictures of most exercises and information
Clear written instructions for most of the exercises and information
Helpful information section addressing mobility with frame and crutches, stairs, dressing, car transfers and breathing exercises.
The app is made by trustworthy organisations (Care UK and the NHS)
Helpful easy to use reminders section for appointments and for exercises
Found the 'back' button top left of screen unresponsive at times
The instructions for the exercises were clear but some lacked prescription information e.g. frequency
The reps prescribed were quite low through the acute and sub acute phases
Some minor spelling and formatting errors
Use of abbreviations without spelling it out to the reader e.g. MCP, PIP, DIP for joints in the hand.
The app can only be viewed with iPad in vertical position not horizontal
The self assessment section for the hand is a fist range of motion exercise - not a self assessment as indicated
More videos for "normal gait" and ACBT breathing techniques would be useful for the user
Date of this review: July 2016
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Reviewer:Adam Leys, Community Physiotherapist, Waitemata DHB July 2016 Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This app is designed for pre and postoperative orthopaedic patients who have undergone surgery for Dupuytren's in the hand, total hip joint replacement, total knee joint replacement, or Cheilectomy or Morton's Neuroma and Ganglion removal in the foot. Users are likely to benefit from the good photos and video references that coincide with advice given in the hospital. Safety concerns: I think each section should have a clear reminder about following surgeon requested restrictions postoperatively. The hip section has this but the knee, foot and hand section does not." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comment: "Since this app is created by Care UK and the NHS for users living in the UK, the Contact and Our Treatment Centres info is not relevant to New Zealand users."
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Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★☆☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not secure as it does not require login nor does it provide password protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: The app does not reduce device performance using on average 5.2 MB of data over 3 hours. But if the user chooses to watch video links to YouTube embedded within the app, this could increase the data usage significantly
Interactivity: Insufficient interactivity, or feedback, or user input options, limiting functions
Customisation: Allows basic customisation to function adequately
Data sharing: Yes, various options available for this such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+
Multiple device syncing: No
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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