Addressing the Root Cause: A Holistic Approach to Musculoskeletal Health

In the realm of musculoskeletal (MSK) health, addressing the root cause of conditions is paramount for achieving better outcomes, reducing costs, and improving patients’ quality of life. At the heart of this approach lies the recognition that small changes in lifestyle can lead to powerful results. Simple lifestyle changes have been proven to not only prevent up to 80% of premature heart disease, stroke and Type 2 Diabetes cases; prevent up to 40% of cancer diagnoses; and 60% lower risk of Alzheimer’s; but also improve MSK health. This belief underpins our commitment to providing innovative solutions that empower patients to take control of their overall well-being and joint health.

Research indicates a clear link between MSK issues and obesity, with higher body mass index (BMI) being associated with a greater likelihood of developing symptoms such as chronic pain, joint strain, and osteoarthritis. Moreover, obesity complicates surgical interventions and increases the risk of post-operative complications.

However, tackling orthopedic conditions solely within the confines of a clinical setting is insufficient. Physicians require tools and strategies to extend care beyond the clinic walls, engaging patients in remote monitoring and virtual interventions. Studies have shown that generic weight loss advice often falls short, emphasizing the need for tailored, evidence-based interventions that promote sustained lifestyle changes.

Virtual connected care interventions offer a promising avenue for delivering specialized support to patients grappling with MSK issues and obesity. By leveraging remote patient monitoring technology and mobile apps, coupled with one-on-one coaching and patient outreach, healthcare providers can offer personalized guidance and proactive support. Regular conversations with coaches, self-monitoring of diets, and ongoing dialogue about progress are all key components of effective remote care.

One of the significant advantages of virtual care is its potential to deliver cost savings while enhancing patient outcomes. U.S. health care spending grew 4.1 percent in 2022, reaching $4.5 trillion or $13,493 per person. By closely monitoring patients and intervening early, healthcare providers can prevent costly emergency department visits and readmissions. Digital tools also streamline preoperative care processes, reducing the risk of last-minute cancellations and reschedules. Simple lifestyle changes can reduce the need for medications as well. Prescription drugs are the 4th largest category accounting for 9.1% of the health care spend in 2022. These efficiencies not only improve patient experience but also generate substantial savings for healthcare practices and the broader care ecosystem.

Moreover, the shift towards digital health solutions aligns with patients’ preferences for proactive, convenient care. A growing number of individuals express interest in virtual health services and remote monitoring devices, highlighting the demand for innovative approaches to healthcare delivery.

In conclusion, addressing the root cause of MSK conditions requires a multifaceted approach that goes beyond traditional clinical care. By embracing remote patient monitoring technology, virtual interventions, and personalized coaching, healthcare providers can empower patients to make lasting changes to their lifestyles. This holistic approach not only improves patient outcomes but also drives cost savings and enhances the overall quality of care. Together, we can pave the way towards a healthier, more resilient future for individuals grappling with orthopedic issues and obesity.

Published on March 14, 2024