Zeroing In on Empowered MSK Care

The term “Empowered MSK Care” can mean different things to different people. At RecoveryOne, we are on a mission to transform MSK care, and empowerment is at the root of our efforts. So many people currently suffer from MSK injuries or conditions. The road to recovery can be long and arduous, and it can become further complicated if MSK patients never finish their prescribed physical therapy sessions.

There are a host of reasons why patients don’t complete their therapy. Sometimes it is a matter of convenience—getting to the therapist’s office, taking time away from work or family, and scheduling conflicts can make it difficult to get much needed help. Once patients start to feel good, they may drop PT sessions and try to continue exercises on their own. Or they may not understand where they are and what to expect on their recovery journey. The uncertainty may lead them to drop sessions and not follow up on important care.

Regardless of the reasons, a patient’s commitment to MSK care over time is often extremely tenuous. That’s why RecoveryOne has zeroed in on an Empowered MSK Care ModelTM that is customized to specific patient needs. While the custom nature of our approach is important, our commitment to removing barriers to care is just as critical. That’s why we bring care to the patient instead of making patients travel to their provider.

Our human-connected care is delivered through a zero-footprint technology platform. This means patients can complete their exercises wherever they are, according to their schedule and preferences. They can participate in our zero-friction programs that dynamically advance as their mobility improves.  No extra devices are needed, so no assembly is required.

Coaches monitor their progress, proactively addressing pain issues or progress concerns. We know that patients who aren’t engaged don’t keep up with therapeutic regimens. The RecoveryOne Empowered MSK Care Model includes continuous coach/patient collaboration on the individualized care plan.

We’ve designed the program to remove barriers to continued patient care. We’ve flipped the script to bring MSK care to patients wherever they are. We focus on empowering the patient throughout their MSK care journey with tailored information, accessible expert support, and flexible programs that encourage continued participation and leading to improved outcomes.

By empowering patients in MSK care, we are leading the transformation of current care practices and unlocking new opportunities to change the way MSK care is delivered.  As we zero in on patient empowerment, we are committed to:

Zero-Footprint, Zero-Friction, and Zero Tolerance for the Status Quo

Injury and Identity

How do you define yourself? Well, that’s a complex question. You might be defined by many things on paper: your name, your age, your job… but what matters most is how you see yourself, or your self-identity. Your self-identity is how you perceive your own traits and your place in the world.

It’s easy for sports or physical skills to become part of our self-identity. The better we become at a sport — such as lifting weights, CrossFit, running, football, or tennis — and the more we commit to it, the more likely we are to include it in our sense of self. Our physical skills can become a big part of how we see ourselves. As a result, getting injured can take a toll on our emotions, not just on our bodies. Anger, frustration, anxiety, and depression are common reactions. We begin to question who we are if we can’t lift weights, run, or play tennis. We might ask, “Where do I fit in now?”

No one wants to think about getting injured. That said, it is likely that we will have an injury at some point. It’s a good idea to think in advance about the emotions that might come with injury. Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself:

  1. Find interests and social connections outside of sports. This might take some thought if you devote a lot of time to training. What pros do you see in making time for new interests now, before an injury forces you to do so?
  2. Think about other things you enjoy in life. You might not get the same boost from other things that you get at the finish line of a 10K run, but there are sure to be other things you enjoy. What else makes you feel fulfilled, proud, or content?
  3. See what you have to offer that isn’t linked to physical skills. How do you self-identify outside of your sport? How much more do you have to offer the world, beyond what you can do physically?