The Identification of Mobile Applications for Distal Radius Fractures Rehab.

By Taylor Landholm

Chen, Y., Yu, Y., Lin, X., Han, Z., Feng, Z., Hua, X., Chen, D., Xu, X., Zhang, Y., & Wang, G. (2020). Intelligent Rehabilitation Assistance Tools for Distal Radius Fracture: A Systematic Review Based on Literatures and Mobile Application Stores. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2020, 7613569. https://doi-org.methodistlibrary.idm.oclc.org/10.1155/2020/7613569

The Skinny

The use of mobile applications (such as rehab therapy mobile app) to enhance Distal Radius Fracture HEP adherence and provide a greater understanding of the potential of a new form of Health Care. In this systematic review, the authors begin to identify categories of consumer use applications to be implemented within distal radius fracture rehabilitation. There were four main categories for the mobile applications:

1: Intelligent intervention focused on apps that enhanced functional exercises to increase mobility in the later stages of fracture healing. 

2: Angle measurements consist of applications that function as a digital goniometer so patients can track their progress. 

3: Intelligent monitoring includes online consultations and offline care for remote services and functions more as a new medical model. 

4: Auxiliary rehabilitation games provides activities to perform to increase range of motion in hand joints. 

In the Weeds

The authors searched for articles relating to DRFs and intelligent apps for rehabilitation. The authors started with 2960 articles, narrowed down to 8 articles based upon their inclusion and exclusion criteria. Then the authors also performed a search on smartphone app stores. They searched for apps that had at least 100 downloads within the app stores, had ratings above ⅗, and included a description of the app. From there, the authors identified a total of 97 intelligent rehabilitation apps in the initial search, which was narrowed down to a total of 31 intelligent rehabilitation apps to include in the review. 

Bringing it Home 

This analysis of existing literature and software for DRF rehabilitation allows for therapists and other healthcare providers to begin implementing the advancing technology at our disposal into intervention sessions and HEPs to increase patient’s mobility.  The top three apps from the app store analysis were: “Fisioterapia a tu alcance”, “OASIS Healthcare,” and “Gold Nurse.” These apps had over 100,000 downloads and have a user score greater than 4 points. 

Within the 8 studies identified, “G-Pro,” “Compass,” “Gyroscope,” “Goniometer Records,” and “DrGoniometer” are five apps that were effective in goniometer measurements. Then “ReValidate” and “Tilt Maze Labyrinth” were effective applications for increasing mobility and promoting useful exercise. “Rehabilitation Assistant” was effective for health education for the patients and increased patient satisfaction. 

We can use this information to make informed HEP decisions and intervention planning to help patients maximize their rehabilitation potential. By providing patients with the tools to increase their at-home performance of exercises and help them track their progress independently, we can increase patient self-efficacy and independence in managing their own health conditions, increasing their overall functional outcome. 

Rating (3)

The review does provide a comprehensive insight into the available intelligent rehabilitation technology to be implemented into practice. However, within the review, the authors included 31 applications not involved in a research study. This may lead to potential inaccuracies within those apps reliability and validity. Finally, the study for the app, “Tilt Maze Labyrinth,” offered limited data, which may also lead to inaccuracies of the app’s utility. This study is relatively new, published in 2020. However, due to the rapid turnover in the tech world, some of the apps have altered names or are only available on either IOS or google app stores rather than being universal to all app stores. This review offers valuable tools to help patients and therapists form an engaging and functional HEP and interventions, which increases a patient’s adherence and satisfaction in their rehabilitation journey. 

Goniometer reading for ulnar deviation from the app “G-Pro.”

rehab therapy mobile app

Chen, Y., Yu, Y., Lin, X., Han, Z., Feng, Z., Hua, X., Chen, D., Xu, X., Zhang, Y., & Wang, G. (2020). Intelligent Rehabilitation Assistance Tools for Distal Radius Fracture: A Systematic Review Based on Literatures and Mobile Application Stores. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine, 2020, 7613569. https://doi-org.methodistlibrary.idm.oclc.org/10.1155/2020/7613569

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  1. rosenda C. rivera on March 15, 2021 at 5:56 pm

    Great!!!

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