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[RELIEF] Digital platform delivers one-year improvement in pain, mood, function

A digital musculoskeletal (MSK) program from Hinge Health showed that pain was reduced by more than half (51%) and sustained over 12 months among participants. Additionally, depression, anxiety, and medical utilization rates decreased after a year. The findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Rhode Island, compared Hinge Health’s digital MSK program participants with nonparticipants. Participants were individuals whose employers offered the digital program to employees and dependents as a health or wellness benefit. The study examined pain, function, depression, and anxiety at 3, 6, and 12 months and healthcare use at 12 months. The digital intervention included exercise therapy, education, and health coaching for at least 3 months.

Key outcomes included:

  • Long-term pain improvement: As noted, on average, Hinge Health program participants reported 51% pain reduction sustained over 12 months; 72% of participants had clinically meaningful pain reduction at 12 months.
  • Lowered rates of depression and anxiety: Intervention participants were 36% less likely to report moderate-to- severe depression at 12 months, and 20% less likely to report moderate to severe anxiety.
  • Reduced medical utilization: Over the course of the year, intervention group participants were 17% less likely than non-participants to seek additional healthcare services, such as office visits, surgeries, or imaging.

This 1-year outcomes study builds on the company’s previously published studies, including a large-scale 10,000-participant study, three randomized controlled trials, and the industry’s only study showing the impact of a digital MSK program on an older adult population.

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