Edinburgh's PhysioWizard unveils free assessment to help home workers

Physiotherapy experts at Edinburgh-based PhysioWizard, which says it is the UK’s first clinically validated digital triage service for muscle and joint problems, are offering their online self-assessment tool direct to the public and free of charge.

PhysioWizard was founded by Kirsten Lord, a chartered physiotherapist with 30 years’ experience. Picture: Robert Perry.
PhysioWizard was founded by Kirsten Lord, a chartered physiotherapist with 30 years’ experience. Picture: Robert Perry.

The move by the organisation, which is backed by Archangels and BioCity, comes amid the widespread adoption of people working from home. PhysioWizard is being supported with a grant from Innovate UK to enable the further development of the service.

It said that whilst medical services have been diverted due to Covid-19, those with muscle and joint problems are adding to the treatment backlog now that full-time services are restarting. PhysioWizard also said its ten-minute self-assessment has been proven to replicate a physiotherapist’s analysis with 93 per cent clinical accuracy.

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The venture was founded by Kirsten Lord, a chartered physiotherapist with 30 years’ experience of treating thousands of patients. She said: “I founded this company to give people with pain, disability or fear easy access to simple and effective information, so helping people with back and neck pain caused by working from home and accelerating their recovery, is core to our mission.

The firm is being backed by Innovate UK to develop the service. Picture: Robert Perry.

"Delivering healthcare using digital tools will help manage the risks associated with community transmission. There is no better time to use technology to care for people than now. Every person that receives an assessment with PhysioWizard is one less appointment in the NHS. This will help to manage people quickly and prevent a backlog from building up.”

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