Digital Care Programs for Chronic Hip Pain: A Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study
Hip pain is a common source of disability, increasing with age. It affects one in five adults over 65 years. Chronic hip symptoms are reported by over 18 million Americans. Despite strong recommendations in favor of physical therapy, we see growing use of surgery as an intervention. More than 1 million total hip replacement procedures are performed each year in the U.S. This study demonstrates that Sword Health’s digital care program can promote meaningful improvements in pain, mental health and productivity. Additionally, a significant reduction of 70% in surgery intent was observed, which is particularly important considering that a patient’s willingness to undergo surgery has been reported to be the leading criterion for total hip replacement.