OrthoAspen and Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) offer a fun, free, high-tech assessment of your musculoskeletal health
Pop-up shops, pop-up restaurants and pop-up art exhibits are old news. But a pop-up experience to assess your musculoskeletal health? Now that’s cool — and on its way to Aspen, thanks to OrthoAspen in affiliation with Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the No. 1 ranked hospital in orthopedic care for nine consecutive years, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The OrthoAspen/HSS Pop-Up Experience, to be held April 6 in downtown Aspen’s Gondola Plaza and April 7 and 8 at Aspen Valley Hospital, will use groundbreaking technology and augmented reality to assess aspects of an individual’s musculoskeletal health, including mobility, symmetry, strength and alignment. Participation is free, and the experience is just one high-tech, high-profile result of the collaboration between OrthoAspen and HSS to bring advanced orthopedic services to the Roaring Fork Valley.
“An enormous part of our mission is to teach people in the community and empower them to take action to improve their musculoskeletal health,” said Robert DiGiacomo, PT, DPT, ATC, Assistant Vice President, Sports Rehabilitation & Performance Centers at HSS. “This is one of the tactile, strategic and very cool ways we are creating a medical bridge between OrthoAspen and HSS.”
“This Pop-Up Experience is an exciting progression of our collaboration with HSS,” said Jennifer Slaughter, Director of Community Relations at AVH. “The augmented reality technology is fascinating to see and experience. For our active community, it can provide great insight into how your movement affects your musculoskeletal health.”
HSS has the technology permanently installed at one of its locations, but the Aspen event will be the public debut of the mobile version, coming only four days after its world debut at HSS’ main campus in New York City in conjunction with a major CNBC event.
Quick Experience, Potentially Lifelong Benefits
The pop-up experience will take only a few minutes but will provide information that may lead to lifelong benefits. Here’s how it works:
After completing a quick registration process, the participant will enter an open-sided structure measuring 10 feet by 10 feet. There, over an eight-minute period, the participant will be guided through a series of simple movements, including:
- Bilateral and unilateral squats
- A vertical jump
- Unilateral jumps to the right and left
Meanwhile dozens of complex cameras, sensors and proprietary software will use markerless motion capture technology to record data about the individual’s musculoskeletal system in motion. The participant can watch on a video screen as augmented reality displays his or her moving image superimposed with a rendering of the musculoskeletal system.
After completing the movements, the individual will exit the structure and meet privately with an HSS specialist trained in interpreting the captured data. The specialist will generate a two-page report that shows results such as:
- An analysis of the person’s quality of movement, including mobility and symmetry at the hips, knees and ankles
- The alignment of the person’s hips, knees and ankles
- The force attenuation, which shows how efficiently and evenly the body dissipates force, as when landing on both feet after a vertical jump
The report (which the participant will also receive via email) goes on to explain how the results can affect musculoskeletal health, as well as offer practical steps to address any issues, reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. In addition, the report compares a participant’s results with that of their cohorts’ and, in some cases, the results of high school, collegiate and professional athletes.
DiGiacomo cautioned that the results are meant to be informational only: “We’re not prescribing healthcare,” he said. “We’re helping participants interpret the results of the experience and be better informed.”
However, he noted that everyone — no matter their physical activity level or overall health status — can have fun with the pop-up experience and benefit from the information they receive.
“We want to make participating as inviting and comfortable as possible,” DiGiacomo said. “Every single person who goes through this will have new, actionable information that will help them better prevent injury and improve performance. Even for people who don’t exercise, the information can be empowering and helpful and interesting.”
OrthoAspen/HSS Pop-up Experience, a high-tech assessment of musculoskeletal health
April 6, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm | Gondola Plaza, Downtown Aspen
April 7, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm | Aspen Valley Hospital
April 8, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Aspen Valley Hospital
Simply visit the pop-up between hours of operation