September 16th, 2021
If whole-body care for MSK pain is done well, it helps individuals and payers avoid invasive and costly care interventions all while selecting the most appropriate path to health for each individual. Based on our experience at Hinge Health, here are four best practices that we’ve identified.
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September 9th, 2021
We know that regular exercise therapy in the form of a combination of stretching and strengthening gradually helps improve functionality and resolve chronic pain. But exercise also has powerful effects on mental health. Regular exercise may ease depression and anxiety by releasing feel-good endorphins and other brain chemicals that enhance your sense of well-being.
August 19th, 2021
Chico’s FAS’s benefits priority of looking at the overall well-being of its associates prompted a focus on condition management upstream as opposed to inaction until costs begin accumulating downstream. For example, musculoskeletal (MSK) surgery and opioid spend were on the rise. We adopted a phased condition management approach, starting with musculoskeletal conditions.
August 13th, 2021
In a recent survey, we found that 9 out of 10 members want an integrated care team to champion their MSK care and 87% believe that they would get better care if their provider looked at their health in a holistic way. The message seems loud and clear that members want a more integrated MSK care experience, so what can employers and health plans do to rethink their approach?
August 3rd, 2021
Here are five steps to help you and your members reset your mind and build new habits to jumpstart your Musculoskeletal care journey.
July 21st, 2021
To reduce healthcare fragmentation, employers and health plans must take the lead in creating a more integrated and frictionless experience by leveraging digital health technologies. By giving your members access to digital health technologies, their various clinicians across specialities can participate in one virtual collaborative care team.
July 15th, 2021
As remote work becomes the new normal for many even post-pandemic, what should employers be aware of if they want to create an effective ergonomics program? Here are six common ergonomic myths employers should keep in mind.
July 12th, 2021
Learn how Fortune 500 company Avantor adopted a whole-body approach to musculoskeletal (MSK) health for their employees and families by partnering with Hinge Health.
June 24th, 2021
How digital health solutions can help employers and health plans better manage chronic musculoskeletal issues.
May 26th, 2021
Burnout. It’s a term we’ve all heard and we’ve likely experienced it, especially since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year. But do any of us really understand what burnout is, its long-term effects, and, most importantly, how to avoid or recover from it?
May 25th, 2021
Chronic pain is an epidemic that continues to grow in our country. As the leaders in musculoskeletal care, our team is committed to finding new ways to serve our participants and create exercise as a lifelong habit so they can get back to doing what they love the most.
May 4th, 2021
During a time of social isolation with COVID-19, understanding the connection between musculoskeletal (MSK) pain and mental health is crucial. For employers, both depression and pain are extremely prevalent, costly, and a top 5 reason for absenteeism in the workplace. MSK pain and depression feed off each other and create a cycle that has profound impacts on employees.
April 21st, 2021
Over the past year, have you transformed your bedroom into your office? Has your kitchen table become your conference room? To curb COVID-19, many Americans have found themselves working from home. They’ve been forced to transform their living and dining areas into home offices.
March 29th, 2021
Hinge Health’s First Annual DigitalCare Toolbox Talks Draws Nearly 1k Health Benefits Leaders to Discuss the Future of Digital (and MSK) Care.
March 24th, 2021
We know that chronic pain is caused by several factors. And that the pain you feel could be due to being stuck in the persistent pain cycle. The good news is, there is a way to break out of this cycle.
January 14th, 2021
Start the New Year with no pain! Stress and excess weight taxes your joints and worsens chronic pain. Incorporating mindfulness techniques into your daily behaviors can help you reduce your stress, weight, and chronic back and joint pain.
December 15th, 2020
The holiday season is upon us. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the festive season may look very different. As a result, you may be feeling increased stress and unpleasant emotions. Here are some tips to help you reduce stress so you can make the most of the holidays this year.
December 7th, 2020
At Salesforce, we wanted to change the narrative of employee health by creating friction-free pathways to access care. Because our workforce is relatively young, many of our employees have not yet learned how to navigate the complex healthcare system. Through our focus groups, we heard horror stories of employees trying to navigate the system and how hard it is to obtain care. As a result, our benefits goal is to simplify the process and make it easier for our employees to find the most effective and personalized care.
November 24th, 2020
The holidays bring traditions and celebrations, but can be physically demanding on the body, especially for those with chronic musculoskeletal pain. You may be moving or stretching in ways your body isn’t used to, or traveling and sleeping in an unfamiliar bed. It’s important to take time for self-care during the holiday season by incorporating exercise therapy and movement routines to alleviate discomfort because movement is medicine.
November 17th, 2020
Forming a new health habit is often the hardest part. We all know what it’s like to stand at the foot of the mountain. Our goal is to make the ascent with our newfound motivation as fuel. We use this momentary inspiration to start climbing as fast as we can toward the peak, only to slip and fall or run out of steam.
November 3rd, 2020
In nature, rhythms are shifting. Days are shorter. Naturally, our body rhythms are changing too. As you transition to a new season, here are 6 tips for you and your members to embrace new habits this fall and help reduce your chronic back and joint pain.
October 29th, 2020
Fall is here, bringing with it the relief of cool weather to some areas, fall produce, and fun family traditions. But for anyone trying to eat well, manage their weight, and avoid excess sugar, this time of year can be frightful! Many Hinge Health participants have begun expressing concerns about the treats showing up in the stores. Pumpkin spice lattes, pancakes, and aisles packed with candy can be hard to resist. Plus, many are struggling this year, and sugar is tempting when one is under stress.
October 26th, 2020
At Waters Corporation, our mission is to “Deliver Benefit” to both our customers and our employees. To achieve this goal internally, our Total Rewards team provides programs and services that help our employees achieve rewarding careers, healthy lives, and bright futures.
October 19th, 2020
COVID-19 has changed the way we work. Companies and workers alike have adapted to a work-from-home culture over the past six months, and everyone is getting used to the new normal. Now that many workers have settled into the idea that working from home will be the plan for some time (if not permanently), how are people really getting by? Most importantly, how has this massive transformation of the workforce affected us physically?
October 13th, 2020
At Paylocity, we care about each and every employee. When it comes to benefits, change is the only constant. Gone are the days of just checking the box. To keep our benefits in tune with our employees’ needs, we involve our employees in our benefits process and co-create our benefits strategy together.
October 6th, 2020
The typical “perfect” posture can cause you to move less, put more pressure on sensitive back structures, and produce more muscle tension and stress during the day. All of these contribute to persistent back and neck pain.
September 29th, 2020
A healthcare strategy is increasingly seen as essential in a company’s overall workforce strategy, especially because of COVID-19’s impact. The Business Group on Health recently conducted a survey of 122 large employers in a wide variety of industries to get their views on the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, with a special focus on COVID-19.
September 16th, 2020
Being overweight is a common barrier when it comes to reducing chronic back and joint pain. What many of them don’t realize is that losing weight will also help them manage their chronic pain.
September 2nd, 2020
As a health coach at Hinge Health, I work with people suffering from chronic back and joint pain and help them make key lifestyle changes that can alleviate their pain. Meditation is a useful technique that I employ to help my participants minimize their stress levels as part of our holistic approach to reducing chronic back and joint pain.
August 26th, 2020
Sugar is abundant in our food supply and shows up in many places including sodas, coffee drinks, energy and sports drinks, juices, condiments, processed foods, baked goods, and yogurt. It is easy to eat too much without realizing how it contributes to weight gain.
August 19th, 2020
Breathing has the power to modulate the many systems of the body and is a strong indicator of our present state. Since the breath has a major impact on our stress levels, retraining your breathing through simple techniques not only combats stress when it arises, but also prevents us from becoming overly stressed in the first place.
August 12th, 2020
With remote work here to stay, new health risks have been identified. We conducted a survey of 900+ US full-time and part-time workers in June, 2020 to find out how they’re faring in terms of their physical and mental health.
August 5th, 2020
Sleep is the most important aspect of wellness. Even before the pandemic, insomnia was widespread. It has only been enhanced by COVID-19 stressors. Getting adequate sleep can make or break your day, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to do everything we can to stay physically and mentally healthy.
August 3rd, 2020
Identifying the cause of back pain seems like it would be the first step and most important step to any recovery plan. But research suggests that this may actually do the opposite and in fact, worsen your pain, not improve it.
July 28th, 2020
Hinge Health is expanding our clinical capabilities to become the first Digital Musculoskeletal Clinic offering a one-stop shop for the most clinically-proven MSK care with employers, health plans, and their members.
July 27th, 2020
Yoga can play a powerful role in relieving back pain. As a health coach at Hinge Health, I have the privilege of helping people overcome their chronic back and joint pain, so they can live happier, healthier, and more productive lives. By engaging our bodies, challenging our muscles, and moving in new ways, we can literally change the narrative of our pain stories and create a better outcome for ourselves.
July 21st, 2020
Millions of people suffering from chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain find it tempting to avoid the motions that cause pain. But exercise actually retrains the brain and body to manage pain and is often the very best way to help lessen the pain, avoid surgery and drugs, and improve quality of life. In fact, all the leading medical bodies recommend preventative non-invasive MSK care before drugs & surgery. The 3 pillars of best practice preventative care for MSK pain are: exercise therapy, education, and behavioral health.
July 14th, 2020
When looking for a digital health program to incorporate into company benefits, a difficult implementation that requires heavy lifting is the last thing benefits leaders want. Hinge Health is one of the few digital musculoskeletal (MSK) solutions that’s easy and fast to implement with little work on the employer side.
July 8th, 2020
How would you describe your perspective? Would you consider yourself a “glass-half-full” or “glass-half-empty” type of person? In fact, someone’s “normal” perspective can change depending on what’s happening in their life. As a first step as their Health Coach, I help people change their perspective regularly to begin to heal.
June 30th, 2020
Working from home is a trend that’s been growing much faster in these past few months. While the option has been around long enough for some to be considered veterans or old pros, for many, the #wfhlife is a whole new ballgame. But what about the movement that we would get on a typical workday?
June 25th, 2020
How can you improve your work-life balance during remote work? As many employees suddenly find themselves working from home due to COVID-19 personal and work lives are blurring together. Daily patterns have been disrupted and stress is on the rise. Patterns have to be reset to help employees achieve work/life balance while working from home.
June 22nd, 2020
Nicole Henry, a Health Benefits Coordinator at Self-Insured Schools of California SISC, explains that for SISC, a community of 400+ California public schools, saving on healthcare spend for our members translates into more public dollars for investing in the classroom and our children’s education.
June 18th, 2020
The past few months of quarantine have brought changes to you and your members’ daily routines. Healthy eating habits may have gone by the wayside and led to some weight gain. When it comes to persistent pain, carrying a few extra pounds can make a big difference in how you feel. Emily Barker, Health Coach at Hinge Health, shares tips on how to create healthy eating habits.
June 11th, 2020
Debra Tierney, Benefits Manager at IDEXX, summarizes how IDEXX addressed musculoskeletal (MSK) and mental health together to improve their employees’ well-being. Partnering with Hinge Health to provide at-home digital care for back and joint pain for our workforce, the impact on our employees’ physical and mental health has been overwhelmingly positive.
May 11th, 2020
Benefits leader George Marling, Senior Consultant of Benefits, shares how Southern Company, a leading energy company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, addressed back and joint pain with Hinge Health’s at-home digital care during COVID-19.
May 11th, 2020
Due to COVID-19, millions of people are learning how to balance working from home with their everyday lives, forcing their physical and mental health to take a backseat. Left untreated, this chronic pain is being exacerbated, leading to an overreliance on pain medications and related mental health issues.
April 27th, 2020
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the leading professional organization for family physicians, with over 130,000 members. Learn how Hinge Health is partnering with AAFP to jointly explore how family physicians can and should use digital health to deliver best-practice care to patients.
April 20th, 2020
Many manufacturing industry workers suffer from chronic pain that reduces productivity. Yet 4 out of 5 people with chronic pain are not receiving expert-recommended chronic pain care. Understanding how manufacturing workers are impacted by chronic pain is important because one decision to incorporate a better care program could impact thousands of people and their families.
January 15th, 2020
As Austin Frakt’s recent New York Times article reports, experts are recommending a mind and body approach to break free from chronic musculoskeletal pain. Learn why the old-school pain model has failed and how the new mind-body treatment models for chronic pain work.
December 2nd, 2019
Employees in the hospitality industry are 40% more likely to be injured when compared to those in the larger service sector. Much of this can be attributed to the inherently physical work of employees within the hospitality industry. Learn what the drivers of musculoskeletal disorders in hospitality are and how evidence-based conservative care helps patients avoid surgery.
December 2nd, 2019
Retail industry workers can be on their feet all day. Long shifts mean that fatigue can set in and cause weight to shift unevenly on knees, putting more pressure on them. In a fast-paced environment dealing with a high volume of customers, it can be difficult to make time to take regular sitting breaks. This puts retail workers at high risk for MSK pain. Learn how a digital care program helps retail workers in pain
November 18th, 2019
Chronic pain is prevalent in the transportation industry. The manual labor and prolonged sitting required by truck drivers increase the risk for developing and worsening chronic MSK pain. Understanding the nature of transportation work and its connection to MSK pain is the first step in finding a solution for these workers’ pain.
September 17th, 2019
Half of Americans — many in desk-based jobs — suffer from musculoskeletal (MSK) pain each year, and many have resigned themselves to the fact that surgery is inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be. Learn why chronic pain can be so common in the professional services industry, and how a digital care program helps road warriors - anytime & anywhere.
September 9th, 2019
There are three main pillars that are proven to be most successful in treating chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain: exercise therapy, education, and behavioral health. This article will wrap up the blog series on these pillars by digging into behavioral health and why it is incredibly effective at helping to manage MSK pain.
August 22nd, 2019
Earlier this month, Hinge Health demonstrated a commitment to security by becoming the only digital musculoskeletal (MSK) solution to meet best-practice data security and safety standards by earning HITRUST CSF certified status. Here’s why the Hinge Health team has been dedicated to meeting HITRUST CSF certification.
August 15th, 2019
Understanding pain is a key ingredient to conquering it. That’s why education, along with exercise therapy and behavioral health, is among the 3 pillars of best practice musculoskeletal (MSK) care. In this second article in our 3 pillars of best practice care series, we will take a look at a few common misconceptions that could impact how your members manage their pain.
July 8th, 2019
While MSK pain does not discriminate, it can be especially common in blue-collar populations due to the manual nature of the work. It not only impacts medical spend, but also the productivity and mental health of your employees. Understanding the effects of MSK conditions is the best way to reduce the impact on medical spend and productivity for labor-intensive companies.
July 2nd, 2019
With 1 in 6 health care dollars being consumed by musculoskeletal (MSK) spend, employers need to understand how MSK impacts their workforce so they can prioritize solutions that reduce pain, avoid surgery, and drive the greatest ROI. Evaluating solutions for members in the chronic stage will have the best ROI and will help your employees that are in pain, missing work, and on their way to scheduling an expensive surgery.
June 28th, 2019
Millions of people suffering from chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain find it tempting to avoid the motions that cause pain. But exercise actually retrains the brain and body to manage pain and is often the very best way to help lessen the pain, avoid surgery and drugs, and improve quality of life. In fact, all the leading medical bodies recommend preventative non-invasive MSK care before drugs & surgery. The 3 pillars of best practice preventative care for MSK pain are: exercise therapy, education, and behavioral health.
June 12th, 2019
Musculoskeletal conditions, such as back and joint pain, consistently rank as a top spend category for employers due to overutilization of surgeries and drugs. As an employee benefits leader, you may be wondering what you can do to help reduce unnecessary surgery and opioid use in your workforce. Watch our webinar to learn how Vail Resorts addressed high musculoskeletal (MSK) spend and opioid misuse, and saved over $1.5M in medical spend in one year.
June 4th, 2019
Exercise therapy offers significant benefits towards improving health such as increasing strength and adapting your pain system, but for some, it can feel unsafe to start moving more without the right information to get going. Exercise therapy empowered by education and behavioral support are the 3 pillars of best practice care for persistent pain treatment because patients need tools to address the many contributors to pain.
May 10th, 2019
Life gets busy, and that physical therapist referral your doctor gave you months ago gets lost under unopened letters and pushed down your growing to do list. That’s what happened to Amelia, who has struggled with knee pain for over 6 years. Like Amelia, over half of today’s workforce suffers from chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. Lacking time to take off of work for weekly physical therapy appointments and information on best practice care, Amelia was not alone in her need for an accessible solution to manage her pain.
February 23rd, 2019
Today, we’re excited to announce the successful completion of the Service Organization Controls (SOC) 2 Type II certification. This audit provides assurance to Hinge Health customers and participants that the company has designed and implemented effective processes, procedures and controls in accordance with the applicable Trust Services Principles and criteria set by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
February 6th, 2019
In Silicon Valley you often hear about an engineer developing a break-through app and founding a tech company. At Hinge Health, our story is a little different. In a recent podcast our COO and Co-Founder, Gabriel sat down with eHealth Radio Network to share his struggles with chronic pain and the reason he entered into the world of digital health.
January 24th, 2019
Sometimes work gets busy, and stressful, and that back pain that flares up every now and then, all of a sudden, leaves you flat on the floor. That’s what happened to Shelly, a barber at Vail Resorts whose pain was so bad she couldn’t stay on her feet.
January 8th, 2019
Today we are excited to announce a new milestone, launching four strategic partnerships with innovation leaders: Willis Towers Watson, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BridgeHealth, and Buoy Health. This builds on our strategic partnership network that includes Aon, Accolade, and Castlight, and make it easier for employers to identify and implement an evidence-based chronic MSK solution for their workforce.
December 31st, 2018
On January 8th, our Clinical Team took planes, trains, and automobiles to the beautiful-mountainous Santa Cruz, California for Hinge Health’s first Coaches Retreat. Each morning started with an optional wellness activity, jiu jitsu, yoga, guided meditation, or my personal favorite, sleep until breakfast. Following your chosen morning ritual we gathered together to get down to business. Sitting among the damp trees and a shy sun, 43 employees reflected, collaborated, celebrated, meditated and most importantly, bonded.
August 8th, 2018
This morning we announced a $26 million Series B round, led by Insight Venture Partners, and joined by Atomico. We’ve now raised over $36 million to take Hinge Health to the next level of providing digital care for chronic musculoskeletal conditions — such as knee arthritis or low back pain.