Fitness devices help orthopaedic patients better track care

Digital fitness devices can help orthopadeic patients better manage their care--from monitoring activity, medication and sleep to keeping track of personal health data, according to a new study.

"Fitness devices have the potential to transform orthopaedic care," lead study author Claudette Lajam, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center, said in an announcement. "If we can get people more involved in their care and help them get in better shape, then everyone wins--patients, physicians, and the entire health care system."

The researchers analyzed activity tracking, interfaces, cost and other important features of 28 devices deemed most popular among consumers. The top noted feature by users is the pedometer, with monitors for heart rate, sleep and calorie intake also populary. Announcement