Apps in Therapy

Mobile applications for physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists are becoming increasingly popular as they can be convenient and resourceful tools not only for facilitating rehabilitation techniques but also for continuing clinical education. In fact, the American Occupational Therapy Association found that more than half of occupational therapists use them.

Sorting through all the app options can sometimes be a daunting task, however. To help you navigate the waters, we are going to be posting a series of entries that highlight the top apps for Apple users in each of the three major disciplines (note that some of our featured applications may apply to more than one field so don’t skip the days that are outside your specialty or you may miss some valuable info!). Our final entry will focus on apps that are now available to help patients.

We begin the series with highlights of the top apps for Physical Therapists:

  • GetMyROM: This app, designed by a physical therapist, measures joint range of motion to the tenth of a degree and received high marks from Advance for PT & Rehab. Advance reviewer Lisa Mueller, DPT, said taking measurements can be confusing at first, but do not be discouraged. Simply tap the directional aspect in the upper left and right corners, and then measure. The user may save joint ROM measurements by date and time. GetMyRom is available for $2.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • CORE – Clinical ORthopedic Exam: This clinical orthopedic exam application offers nearly 250 medically-referenced orthopedic exam maneuvers with step-by-step instructions. CORE aids in diagnosis of musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders and includes video demonstrations. CORE – Clinical ORthopedic Exam is available for $39.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • Muscle Trigger Points: This anatomy app provides an up-close look at trigger points for more than seventy muscles. Find the trigger point causing pain, and learn more about muscle function. Muscle Trigger Points features visual referral patterns and point locations. Muscle Trigger Points is available for $2.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • Visible Body Human Anatomy Atlas 2: View true three-dimensional models of the entire male and female anatomy on this popular medical application. Nerves, bones and ligaments, organs, muscles, lymph structures and more are included. This app is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $29.99.
  • iMuscle: iMuscle is a health and fitness app that offers a view of the entire human body with musculature exposed. Learn more about the development and rehabilitation of each muscle and access exercises associated with each muscle. iMuscle is available for $1.99 on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • iOrtho+: iOrtho+ is a good source of orthopedic tests and joint mobilization techniques with short video demonstrations. iOrtho+ is free for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • Pocket Lab Values: Pocket Lab Values is a reference guide of 325 lab values as well as 12 lab panels. The app organizes labs by systems (e.g. cardiovascular, immunology, endocrine) and panels and contains a search function. Pocket Lab Values also links to external websites like Google, WebMD and MedlinePlus. Mueller and other reviewers were especially impressed by how quickly they could find information. Pocket Lab Values is available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $2.99.

While mobile applications do not replace human judgment, they can be convenient reference tools. Discover which apps best fulfill your needs, and please comment and share which applications augment your delivery of therapy. Don’t forget to check back in early February for the best apps in SLP!

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services