A report by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that 1 in 2 Americans (~127 million people) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition – conditions and injuries affecting the bones, joints and muscles. This large patient population necessitates a growing provider network that is supported by many new tech-based solutions. These advancements are undoubtedly improving patient treatment and patient experience; however, since these products are being built for providers, are the voices and needs of patients truly being heard and addressed by these new tools?
Likely, the answer is no. Patients still suffer from many physical and mental challenges during their recovery process. To combat these problems and further improve the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, the role of mental health, behavioral change, and self-management must be further explored and implemented. Patients must be empowered with tools that encourage motivation and positivity, and that help them stay on top of their treatment plan; and those tools need to be available electronically.
Written by: Rachel Soper Sanders, CEO & Founder at Tiyaga Health