Digital healthcare partnership aims to reduce low back pain

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The app suggests exercises which may help to reduce low back pain

Swedish digital healthcare provider, Min Doktor, and Kaia Health, a digital therapeutics company, have partnered to offer back pain treatment through a mobile application. A recent study found that Kaia Health’s artificial intelligence (AI) app reduced user-reported back pain levels “significantly”.

According to the World Health Organisation and the Office for National Statistics, a back pain is a major cause of disability worldwide. The healthcare cost in Sweden for these patients is SEK 3 billion and the total cost, including sick leave, is SEK 25 billion.

Min Doktor physicians will prescribe the Kaia back pain app to patients suffering from repeat and/or chronic back pain. Each patient will be supported by Min Doktor physiotherapists throughout.

The Kaia app uses a multidisciplinary, digital approach to treat back pain, including education, physiotherapy and meditation. The treatment was developed with physiotherapists, pain management physicians, orthopaedic surgeons and clinical psychologists.

Using AI, the app tailors treatment programmes for each user from a range of exercises. Motion tracking technology ensures that the exercises are performed correctly via a smartphone, without the need for additional hardware.

Kaia Health is a member of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, an association of international manufacturers for digital therapeutic products that meet excellence in high quality standards. The company recently launched the world’s first AI fitness app which uses patent pending motion-tracking technology to turn your smartphone into a personal trainer.

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