One of the key aspects of any musculoskeletal injury is appropriate rehabilitation by physiotherapists. A UK based orthopedic trainee and app developer, Ronnie Davies, has developed a unique pair of mobile apps designed for physiotherapists to manage and rehabilitate shoulder injuries.

This original concept of using two apps to organize a rehabilitation program is a novel concept in the medical app ecosystem.
The rehabilitation program comprises two apps — one for the patient and one for the therapist.

Therapists should install the ShoulderTherapist App and the patient should install the ShoulderPatient App only.

In order to use the pair of apps, a physiotherapist can create a profile for each individual patient or standard set of exercises. Once this profile has been created, rehabilitation exercises can be added by clicking the blue ‘+’ icon. The number of repetitions and hold-times are selected and the exercise is then added to that profile. Details on each exercise is in the Exercise section with color codes for the level of intensities which are explained in the Info section.
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The impressive feature of this combination is that once a profile is created, it can be transferred by Bluetooth to the patient’s iPhone where the patient can see their daily exercise program. The patient will also get reminders when to perform the exercises.

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The exercises themselves are clear and well described using a combination of images and text. It is a shame there is a lack of videos to demonstrate exercises but overall the content within the app is at a decent level and useful for patients.

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In order to effectively use this app, physiotherapists and orthopedic surgeons can spend some time preparing appropriate rehabilitation programs and then transferring these to each patient who can then improve their rehabilitation. This is a novel use of Bluetooth which we feel more apps should take advantage of.

Likes

  • Novel use of Bluetooth to distribute customized rehabilitation information for patients
  • Use of a pair of apps
  • Decent range of instructions and exercises with appropriate references

Dislikes

  • Limited number of exercises
  • Lack of videos to demonstrate exercises

Conclusion

  • The pair of ShoulderTherapist apps utilize Bluetooth technology in a novel, positive fashion which iMedicalApps thinks is an innovative approach that should be adopted more often.

ShoulderTherapist iTunes Link
ShoulderPatient iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars) – 4/5

  1. User Interface – 5/5
  2. Multimedia usage – 4/5
  3. Price – 5/5
  4. Real world applicability – 5/5