A patient-focused app that provides information about meniscus tears and phase-oriented exercises for recovery.
The developers of the meniscus exercises should certainly be applauded for creating an informative and useful app focused on patient care and physical therapy. The implementation is average, and navigating the app is somewhat clunky at times. General information about meniscus injuries is provided. The app then includes exercises based on the phase of injury and level of “protection” required. Definitive values are provided, for example, restricting the knee from 50-90 degrees of motion during “maximum protection.” Each exercise is demonstrated with a pseudo-animation composed of a series of images that are reminiscent of early 1990s video games. Many of the exercises are useful for patients, while others are unnecessary, such as the demonstration for “walking.” Overall, the app is amusing at worst, and helpful for patients at best. It does provide ideas for exercises in patients who have already been evaluated by a physician and desire a home exercise program.