New Study: Hinge Health Prevents Chronic Pain After Recent Injury

SAN FRANCISCO, November 29, 2022 – A study conducted with researchers from University of California, San Francisco and University of Rhode Island demonstrated that, with Hinge Health, 3.7x more participants avoided acute pain progressing to chronic pain compared to nonparticipants. This new prospective study with 171 participants, published in the Journal of Pain Research, also showed Hinge Health participants achieved freedom from chronic pain faster than nonparticipants. Since measuring pain alone gives a limited view of efficacy, this study used a more complete definition of chronic pain prevention, including pain, function, depression, and anxiety scores.

If left untreated, acute pain, such as a sprained ankle, can progress to chronic or long-term pain. An estimated 100 million adults in the U.S. experience chronic pain, which can greatly affect the overall quality of life, including an individual’s mobility, emotional, social, and financial well-being.

“Treating acute pain appropriately reduces the risk of chronic pain, helping to prevent a cascading impact of poorer quality of life, increases in healthcare utilization and costs, and invasive surgeries,” said Dr. Jeff Krauss, chief medical officer, Hinge Health. “Our study required improvements in pain, function, and mental health to qualify as avoiding chronic pain. This methodology sets a higher bar and uses a more comprehensive view of chronic pain than previous clinical literature.”

Results from this study build upon the body of evidence supporting the clinical and economic outcomes of the Hinge Health Digital Musculoskeletal Clinic, including a previously published study for Hinge Health’s acute pain program, showing that participants of its acute program demonstrated a 73% reduction in acute pain by 12 weeks, compared to nonparticipants.

About Hinge Health Hinge Health is building the world’s most patient-centered Digital Musculoskeletal (MSK) Clinic™. Accessible to 24 million members and over 1,100 enterprises, we are helping people reduce MSK pain, surgeries, and opioid use. We infuse advanced wearable sensors and motion AI with a comprehensive care team of physical therapists, physicians, and board-certified health coaches for superior member outcomes and proven claims reduction. Hinge Health’s HingeConnect integrates with 1 million+ in-person providers and enables real-time interventions for avoidable MSK surgeries. Ninety percent of health plans and 4 out of 5 employers with an MSK solution trust Hinge Health, including Land O’Lakes, L.L. Bean, Salesforce, Self-Insured Schools of California, Southern Company, State of New Jersey, US Foods, and Verizon. Learn more at

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