Track Your Symptoms with StrivePD
In our January Wellness Webcast: PD 101, Dr. Joseph Quinn, Director from the OHSU Parkinson Center and Movement Disorders Program provided an overview of Parkinson’s and its symptoms. Educating yourself with webcasts like this and having conversations with providers are important in understanding the impacts of Parkinson’s and available treatment options. Tracking factors like medications, exercise, and nutrition and how these things interact with your symptoms is also key to managing your care and can provide you with vital information to share with your care team.
StrivePD is a free iOS disease management application — FDA-cleared on the Apple Watch — that passively collects daily resting tremor and dyskinesia data via Apple’s Movement Disorder API. StrivePD allows you to get a better understanding of what factors influence your symptoms such as medications, diet and exercise. Through the app you can:
- Automatically record your symptoms via the Apple Watch.
- Explore interactive charts to track your symptoms over time and understand how medications and physical activity impact you.
- Share data with your care team (including your Rock Steady Boxing coach and physical therapist) to improve your communication and treatment strategy.
People who have used StrivePD report that it’s easy to use to log and track symptoms. StrivePD summarizes different data sources for people with PD that can be easily shared with their care teams. This data includes:
- Passively collected Apple Watch data (sleep, mobility, fall detection, gait, and tremor and dyskinesia).
- Self-reported data (medication schedule and self-reported symptoms from StrivePD app).
Clinical data (your disease history and medications).
The benefits you’ll receive from downloading the StrivePD app include:
Insights into your symptoms to help guide conversations with your providers:
With StrivePD, you can receive real-time objective feedback of your tremor and dyskinesia, recorded by the Apple Watch. Similar to how a closed-loop continuous glucose monitor captures data for people with Diabetes, StrivePD transforms Parkinson’s disease management. The data collected by Apple Watch can help you have better conversations with your doctor to develop more personalized care strategies. You can also explore the interactive charts to track your symptoms over time and understand how medications and physical activity impact you.
Activity logging to keep you motivated:
StrivePD also has features to log your physical activity. You can even keep track of your weekly Rock Steady Boxing classes! By tracking your physical activity and symptoms, you can better understand the impact of daily exercise on your well-being and disease progression. This is a great way to help you stay motivated to exercise!
Education about Parkinson’s:
StrivePD also helps you learn more about Parkinson’s disease and the different ways it can affect your body. It explains motor symptoms such as tremors, slowed movement, stiffness (feeling tight or rigid), and balance issues. By understanding these symptoms, you can have a better idea of what you’re experiencing and how to define it.
Hear what users are saying:
One user said, “I’ve been using StrivePD for about six months, and what I love about StrivePD is I can use the app to help track my symptoms, physical activity, and medications. It is amazing that all my data is just passively collected. All I need to do is make sure I have my Apple Watch on my wrist and I’m good to go… Like most patients, having PD terrifies me. But if there is some way we can slow down progression, or maybe even reverse some of the movement problems, that’s a huge win in my book. Both Rock Steady Boxing and StrivePD are empowering me to manage PD.”
Another user said: “While Parkinson’s remains a struggle, StrivePD has helped me realize the importance of exercise and how it dramatically reduces my mobility issues. It motivates me to stretch, lift weights, complete core workouts and visit my physical therapist twice a week. Exercise has dramatically reduced my symptoms and helps me control them.”
The StrivePD app is available on the Apple App Store: https://bit.ly/3uKl5Xc