An app to provide information for the self-management of back, neck, upper and lower limb joint pain or stiffness.
What does the app do?
This app aims to provide support and guidance for people with back, neck, upper limb and lower limb joint pain or stiffness as a result of injury or other causes. The home screen is divided into 4 body-part sections: back, neck, upper limb (shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, fingers) and lower limb (knee, ankle, foot, leg, hip). Each section has further sub-sections:
- Info gives an overview of pain associated with that body part, symptoms, conditions and self-help advice.
- Leaflets links to leaflets and website giving details of different exercises.
- Videos has videos showing how to do different exercises.
For the complete app description, go to the App Store or for a detailed review see Reviews.
✔ Site is straightforward to use.
✔ Could be a first port of call when experiencing acute joint pain or stiffness.
✔ Videos are clear with easy-to-follow verbal instructions.
✘ Only 2 website links available, despite advertising multiple links.
✘ Permissions for this app involves access to photos/media/files, read the contents of your USB storage and modify or delete the contents of your USB storage.
Date of review: August 2019
Platform reviewed: Apple
Download size: 27.1 MB
Updated on: 4/05/2019
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- Adams J, Lowe W, Protheroe J, et al. Self-management of a musculoskeletal condition for people from harder to reach groups: a qualitative patient interview study. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Oct 28:1-9.
Reviewer: Dr Tracey Pons (PhD), New Zealand Registered Physiotherapy Specialist
Date of review: August 2019
Comments: This app can benefit a person who experiences joint pain or stiffness in one or more body site. It provides information for the self-management of hip, back, neck, all upper limb and all lower limb joint pain or stiffness, such as how to reduce pain and stiffness as well as the provision of videos for a gentle range of motion or stretching exercises. The app is easy to operate. The information is appropriate, current and accurate. There is unlikely to be privacy breaches of the person using it. It is not likely to be a source of security threat. The only likelihood would be if the NHS of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s partnership organisation were to be hacked or attacked by ransomware. The app also gives information about how to contact the app developer and commissioner. This is very good. I have not given it a 5 rating as it provided links to only 2 websites which cannot be called ‘a collection’.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: Relevant to a New Zealand audience but the app does state that it is aimed primarily for use by patients registered with a GP practice in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (United Kingdom), particularly with respect to the directory of services and websites.