The MuJo Fitness System

The MuJo Fitness System is an innovative piece of equipment with sensors, connected devices and eHealth methodology designed to speed up the recovery of patients with complex shoulder complaints and other musculoskeletal injuries. 

The system is an advanced piece of equipment that is currently used in the rehabilitation treatment of elite athletes. Using a unique patented technology the equipment allows full flexibility of movement in the joints in a specified range. 

MuJo, in partnership with MuJo Mechanics Ltd, Qinec Ltd, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, has been adapted for use within the NHS with hopes that it will reduce costs and empower patients by helping them take a more proactive approach to their recovery as the equipment will be fitted with clinical software that will allow physiotherapists the ability to prescribe individual exercise programmes to a patient. Patients have the ability to independently log-on to the system where a digital avatar will walk them through their bespoke exercise plan. This enables a personalised care service that reduces demands on the physiotherapists. 

The patient's performance can be recorded by the equipment through advanced movement and load sensors. Captured information can be fed back to the patient and the healthcare professionals who can remotely monitor progress and adherence to prescribed exercises. Currently it is estimated that up to half of patients do not comply with their recommended training programme; MuJo hopes to improve this. Researchers at The University of Manchester are harnessing the data captured through clinical software and sensors for secondary use in portals. The portals intended users are clinicians, clinical commissioners, clinical auditors, and public health authorities.

Intended outcomes

  • Developing a digital solution to capture and store exercise data generated by the fitness stations
  • Process and display captured data in a user-centric manner relevant to care providers, patients and their families
  • Facilitate real time monitoring of patient activity
  • Establish a network of connected devices by adding devices, and share the collected data in real time with care providers, patients and their families in order to monitor and ensure compliance with prescribed treatment, provide support to patients, and clarify optimal ongoing treatment options
  • Make care more structured, quantifiable and outcome driven 
  • Enable the collating and retrieval of results, and stratification of patient data to allow for evidence-driven comparison of optimal rehab protocols across a variety of patient groups 

The implementation of the MuJo Fitness System into a patients treatment plan is predicted to reduce the number of face-to-face appointments and the overall cost of treatment to the NHS by 20%. 

The systems have already been installed at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and preparations are under way to conduct a clinical trial to determine if the stations can improve compliance with exercise compared to routine care, and to assess patient and clinical acceptance of these products in clinical practice.