Recognise Hand app

An app for people with complex regional pain syndrome or phantom limb syndrome. Recognise Hand app is best used under the guidance of a health professional.
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  • Memory and ‘speed match’ tools
  • Graded difficulty levels
  • Personal best challenges
  • Displays results and graphs 
  • Image capture

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Security and privacy Does the app:
  • collect medical information: Unknown
  • require a login: No
  • have password protection: No
  • have a privacy policy: Not apparent
  • require internet access to use: No
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Cost $11.99 (no free version)

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(Neuro Orthopaedic Institute, Australia, 2017)

What does the app do?

Recognise Hand app is for people with complex regional pain syndrome or phantom limb syndrome. The app helps the user improve on discrimination between left and right of a painful body part. This is the first stage of graded motor imagery, a form of brain training that can reduce pain in certain types of conditionsFor a complete app description, go to the Play Store(external link).


✔ Assists in the first phase of graded motor imagery (left/right discrimination)

✔ Uses gamification principles to make the treatment fun

✔ Three game types: left right discrimination, memory game, and speed match with adjustable settings.

✔ You can take photos of your own body parts to use for testing.

✔ Tracks and graphs your results

✔ Export results into a CSV formation (best opened in spreadsheet software)

✘  Not a complete graded motor imagery course. It has brief descriptions of all three stages of the therapy but only assists with the first stage (left/right discrimination)

✘ It doesn’t tell you which cards you got wrong.

✘ Could do with more comprehensive information on how to use the app.

✘ Need to pay for each body part and they are sold separately. Costs $11.99 with no free version.

✘ Although I didn’t have any bugs during my testing, many users have reported frequent crashes across all the different “recognise” apps. Many reviewers stated that the developer was unresponsive, and it was also apparent that they hadn’t replied to any of the negative reviews.

✘ Not referenced

Review details

Date of review: July 2019
Platform reviewed: Apple
Version: 1.0.6
Download size: 77.59 MB
Updated on: 16/5/2019

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  1. Wajon A. Recognise Hands app for graded motor imagery training in chronic pain.(external link) Journal of Physiotherapy, 2014
  2. Moseley GL. Is successful rehabilitation of complex regional pain syndrome due to sustained attention to the affected limb? A randomised clinical trial.(external link) Pain. 2005 Mar;114(1-2):54-61.
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Reviewed by: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, FRNZCGP

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