"This study can help add to the growing body of evidence that generally supports the use of multimodal treatments for chronic conditions," said Thomas R. Tölle, M.D., Ph.D., Head of Pain Medicine, Technical University Munich, Germany. "Within this study, we saw a notable benefit for people managing low back pain when delivering multimodal treatment through the digital modality of the smartphone, as is done in the Kaia app."
Low back pain is one of the leading causes of global disability and treatment is expensive.1,2 In the U.S., costs to treat low back pain exceed $100 billion annually3 and back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work4, accounting for more than 264 million lost work days annually5.
"As a company, we want to support the improvement of the current standard of care for people living with back pain," said Konstantin Mehl, Founder and CEO, Kaia Health. "And while these study results are promising, we will be initiating a similar U.S.-based study looking at the use of the Kaia app for self-management of back pain."
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