Pocket Physio app

This app is for anybody wanting to prepare for and recover from hip, knee, hand or foot surgery.
Pocket Physio By Practice Plus Group
  • Education and information
  • Videos (includes separate videos for the different stages of post-surgical recovery)
  • Reminders

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Country of origin  United Kingdom
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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information? No
  • require a login? No
  • have password protection? No
  • have a privacy policy? No
  • require internet access? Yes - you can see the names of the exercises offline, but cannot watch videos. 
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Cost Free
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What does the app do?

The Pocket Physio app provides information about exercise programmes, following surgery. It also has tips and videos on general recovery, including walking using a frame or crutches, managing discomfort and strategies for showering, dressing, pain management and getting in and out of vehicles. The app features a calendar that reminds patients when to exercise. 
Note: The exercises are best suited to someone following total hip and knee joint replacement and are likely to be less applicable to other surgeries and those injuries that don’t require surgery.
For the complete app description, go to the App store(external link) or Google Play(external link), or for a detailed review, see Reviews.

✔ Easy to use.

✔ Clear videos and pictures of most exercises and information.

✔ Helpful information section addressing mobility with frame and crutches, stairs, dressing, car transfers and breathing exercises.

✔ The app is made by a reputable organisation (Care UK). 

✔ Reminders for appointments and for exercises.
✘ Only compatible on Apple devices in New Zealand. Not compatible on Android devices. 

✘  Some buttons unresponsive at times.

✘  Instructions for the exercises were clear but some lacked detail, eg, frequency/number of repetitions.

✘  App can only be viewed with iPad in vertical position not horizontal.

✘  The self assessment section for the hand is a fist range of motion exercise - not a self assessment as indicated.

✘  More videos for “normal gait” and ACBT breathing techniques would be useful for the user.

Review details

  • September 2022, 2.0.4, Apple
  • July 2016, 2.0.2, Android

Related topics

Hip replacement surgery | Pokanga hope
Knee replacement surgery | Pokanga turi
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Reviewed by: Chris Lawrence, Community Physiotherapist

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