With physiotherapy and app against arthrosis

Osteoarthritis in the hip and knee joints primarily causes pain and restrictions in physical function. Osteoarthritis is primarily treated with exercise therapy and education, but there is a lack of widely available services. To counteract this, scientists want to find out how effective a digitally accompanied training and education program can be compared to a classic therapy and how such a program can be implemented.

"SmArt-E" - smartphone-assisted osteoarthritis training and education - is the name of the study, whose participants will initially train and learn under physiotherapeutic guidance and later continue the program independently with the help of an app. SmArt-E is being conducted at several participating study centers in Germany with a total of 330 participants.

In addition to the Department of Therapeutic Sciences at BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, which is one of the three study centers, the University Hospital of Tübingen, the Federal Association of Self-Employed Physiotherapists, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, the University of Bremen, Ruhr University Bochum, Techniker Krankenkasse, the University Medical Center Utrecht and the company Health Train from the Netherlands are participating in the study led by the Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

Participation in the study is open to people with knee osteoarthritis from the age of 38 or with hip osteoarthritis from the age of 50 who are insured with the Techniker Krankenkasse.
Registrations by Mail (smart-e@b-tu.de) or by telephone under 0178 / 879 85 30.