We are facing an epidemic of chronic pain, with the National Institutes of Health recently reporting that new cases of chronic pain now outnumber depression and diabetes. Digitally delivered physical care programs can and should be part of the solution. However, up until now, a key question remained: Can virtual physical therapy be as effective as the gold standard of in-clinic treatment? A new study published last month in the journal Nature provides the answer. We now have peer-reviewed evidence that digital physical therapy programs can indeed drive health outcomes that are equivalent to in-person care. Join Dr. Vijay Yanamadala, Sword Health’s Chief Medical Officer; a Sword Health physical therapist and patient, to discuss this groundbreaking study and what it means for millions of people and employers looking to cut medical costs and deliver effective, affordable care to their populations.
Sword Health is the world’s fastest growing virtual musculoskeletal (MSK) care provider, on a mission to free two billion people from chronic and post-surgical pain. The company’s clinical-grade virtual therapy platform pairs expert physical therapists with FDA-listed wearable technology to deliver a personalized treatment plan that is more effective, easier and less expensive than traditional physical therapy. Sword Health believes in the power of people to recover at home, without resorting to imaging, surgeries or opioids. Since launching in 2015, Sword Health has worked with insurers, health systems and employers in the U.S, Europe and Australia to make quality physical therapy more accessible to everyone.