What Is Hinge Health? How It Helps Muscle and Joint Pain

Hinge Health offers virtual physical therapy for muscle and joint pain, providing personalized care from the comfort of your home.

Published Date: Jun 18, 2024
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When you’re dealing with muscle or joint pain, how do you usually handle it? Do you rest and take a break from your usual exercise? Take over-the-counter or prescription pain medication? Turn to a heating pad or ice, or seek out a physical therapist, chiropractor, massage therapist, or other in-person treatments? These are all valid options. But they generally overlook the fact that regular, consistent exercise therapy (ET) is the best way to keep your muscles and joints healthy over time and soothe pain flares when they do happen. 

That’s where Hinge Health comes in.

What Is Hinge Health? 

Hinge Health offers virtual physical therapy to address chronic musculoskeletal (MSK) pain, such as issues affecting your knees, back, hips, shoulders, or neck. It is available via an app and provides comprehensive care for conditions affecting your muscles, bones, and joints. 

Many people who use Hinge Health are dealing with:

Unlike traditional clinics, our services are delivered through an app on your phone or tablet, making it easy for you to access care from anywhere. We combine virtual physical therapy with access to licensed physical therapists (PTs) and certified health coaches, remote monitoring, and other treatments for a holistic approach to reduce MSK pain and other symptoms.

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Exercise Therapy and Physical Therapy 

Exercise therapy (ET) is a type of physical activity tailored to your needs to reduce pain and improve function. This might sound a lot like physical therapy (PT) — and it is. Like exercise therapy, PT is aimed at improving mobility, pain, and overall physical function. Exercise therapy is generally considered the most effective part of PT when it comes to pain and function, but PT can include other interventions, too. We focus specifically on exercise therapy at Hinge Health. 

As a Hinge Health member, you can work with your own licensed physical therapist who personalizes your exercise therapy and care plan. Along with your health coach, they help you stay consistent with your plan, which can be a challenge when doing PT in person. 

A personalized exercise therapy plan includes a variety of exercises customized to your needs, designed to evolve over time as you make progress. These exercises are demonstrated by Hinge Health physical therapists in the Hinge Health app. Here's an example:

What Do the Exercises Look Like?

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  • Side Lunge
  • Cat Cow
  • Standing Side Leg Raise

The information contained in these videos is intended to be used for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or treatment for any specific condition. Hinge Health is not your healthcare provider and is not responsible for any injury sustained or exacerbated by your use of or participation in these exercises. Please consult with your healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your medical condition or treatment.

When Would You Use Hinge Health?

You can use Hinge Health to treat persistent pain, a recent uptick in joint or muscle pain, MSK issues like pelvic floor conditions, and for preventative reasons — like fall prevention and improving balance and coordination as part of a healthy aging lifestyle.

Hinge Health gives you a personalized exercise therapy plan and a dedicated care team in your pocket — literally. You can use Hinge Health every day or a few times a week to feel your best and get lasting relief for your symptoms. 

Holistic Approach to Pain 

Hinge Health is dedicated to helping people overcome MSK pain through a comprehensive and innovative approach that combines digital technology, expert guidance, and personalized care. We create customized exercise programs designed by licensed physical therapists based on each individual's specific condition, pain level, and goals. These programs target your pain areas, promoting strength, flexibility, and mobility. 

In addition to personalized exercise therapy, Hinge Health members may have access to: 

  • Form feedback. Our Motion Insights feature provides real-time feedback on your form during specific exercises using smart camera technology. It includes full-body motion tracking with personalized guidance based on your movements so you can feel more comfortable with new exercises. 

  • Video and verbal exercise instruction. Each exercise in your plan comes with detailed video demonstrations and verbal instructions to ensure that you perform the exercises correctly and safely. The instructions tell you how to do an exercise, how it should feel, and how to make it easier or harder. 

  • A dedicated physical therapist. Hinge Health members get access to their own licensed physical therapist who you can message directly and schedule one-on-one video visits with. These sessions provide professional evaluation, personalized adjustments to the exercise program, and discussions about goals, pain management, lifestyle changes, and more.

  • A dedicated certified health coach. Working alongside your PT, your health coach provides motivation, guidance, and support to help you stick with your program and achieve your goals. 

  • Progress tracking. The Hinge Health app monitors your progress and pain levels so your care team can keep optimizing your treatment plan.

  • Education. The Hinge Health app is packed with tailored education content about managing pain and making healthy lifestyle changes. This information empowers you with knowledge about your pain and helps you take an active role in your recovery.

It’s so simple: All the resources and support you need are available in the Hinge Health app. Our goal is to help you achieve lasting pain relief without the hassle of in-person appointments. You can do your exercises at home, at your own pace, and without the need to schedule and attend in-person PT sessions.

How Much Does Hinge Health Cost? 

The Hinge Health program is provided for free as a benefit through your employer or insurance provider. It has no out-of-pocket costs or copays for you — no matter what kind of plan, deductible, or co-pays you have. Hinge Health is $0 for you.

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How Do I Sign Up for Hinge Health?

To sign up for Hinge Health, check if your company or insurance offers this benefit. See if you qualify and confirm free coverage here. Or, check your employee benefits portal or contact your HR department. 

Once confirmed, you take a brief assessment about your pain and health status to determine your eligibility. If you qualify, you will be officially enrolled. From day one, you can start doing your Hinge Health exercises and work with a dedicated physical therapist to manage and improve your pain.

Hinge Health is revolutionizing the way we manage musculoskeletal pain by bringing top-notch care directly to your fingertips. With everything available through our easy-to-use app and covered by your insurance, there’s no reason to wait. Start your journey to pain-free living with Hinge Health today.

This article and its contents are provided for educational and informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice or professional services specific to you or your medical condition.