By: Saif Usman MD
App Review of Rehabilitation for Lower Limbs for iPhone & iPad
The team at 3D4Medical has produced a number of MSK-themed medical apps and the rehabilitation for lower limb app is their latest offering. We’re reviewed a number of their apps in the past, most recently their ‘Radiology-Head’ app and the ‘3D essential anatomy’ app, both of which have been quite impressive. The rehabilitation for lower limb app has an extensive list of lower extremity injuries and corresponding therapeutic exercises and is aimed towards the clinician as well as the patient.
Tailoring a rehab plan specific to individual patients is sometimes harder than making the actual diagnosis, especially with the time constraints of an office visit. At the same time, all patients prefer getting a handout of what exercises they should be doing and usually end up asking me to demonstrate the exact technique. With the detailed diagrams, extensive videos and modalities and ease of use I’m hoping this app may be just what the doctor ordered.
Opening the app brings up the 3D4Medical logo and then brings you to the main screen which shows the muscular anatomy of the lower limb. The default view is of the muscles but you can add nerves, arteries and veins to the image by clicking the corresponding buttons on the right side.
You can zoom in and out and rotate the image 360 degrees and there is a button in the bottom right corner shaped like a lightbulb that tells you the different hand gestures. On the top right corner are 4 buttons. A question mark button brings up tutorials on how to use the app and are pretty informative. Clicking the information icon brings up app information. The pen icon allows you to make annotations which could be helpful when trying to explain injuries to patients.
The share icon allows you to share the image you are viewing, even with edits, via email, twitter or facebook. This could be another useful way of communicating and educating your patients via email.
The left side of the screen has a home button on the top left corner. If you are viewing in portrait mode there is a button on the bottom list which brings up the list of lower extremity conditions whereas in landscape mode the list of conditions are permanently on the left side of the screen. In all there are 165 injuries and 340 exercises to choose from so the list is pretty extensive.
Along the bottom are tabs for injuries, exercises, routines and saved PDFs. One of the quirks is that the saved PDFs tab is only seen in landscape mode and you cannot access it in portrait mode which is a minor inconvenience.
So lets say you have a patient come in who you diagnosed with hamstring tendinitis, specifically of the biceps femoris. Clicking the corresponding condition in the injuries index highlights the affected muscle and gives a small paragraph with pertinent injury information. Under the injury description is a button for choosing exercises.