Can apps manage chronic health conditions?
Ewa-Lena Rasmusson’s mobility has transformed during the pandemic thanks to a Swedish app that creates bespoke exercise plans designed to help alleviate joint pain.
The app, called Joint Academy, launched in 2014 with the goal of improving treatment for osteoarthritis. It was co-founded by Leif Dahlberg, a professor of orthopedics at Lund University in southern Sweden, and his son Jakob, now 30, who dropped out of his degree in computer sciences to launch the startup.
Almost 50,000 people have used Joint Academy since April last year, the company says, making it now the most common first-line treatment of chronic joint pain in Sweden.
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Words by Maddy Savage