To kick off Arthritis Awareness Month in May, the Arthritis Foundation launched our new Vim app — a unique, personalized tool to help people with arthritis easily find resources they need to manage their pain. The app also helps keep track of conditions and treatments, set and achieve goals, and connect with others for tips and encouragement.
The app stems from input received from 40,000 survey respondents in the Foundation’s ongoing Live Yes! INSIGHTS study, which is summarized in our How It Hurts report. As Vim was being developed, we sought extensive feedback along the way — from arthritis patients, health care professionals and other experts in pain management.
The app helps users set SMART goals based on their own situations and needs; goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound. Users can also get information and ideas on how to best manage chronic pain through a deep library of expert content in seven categories. Maybe best of all, Vim fosters a spirit of community with common experiences, bringing people together who listen and inspire each other to help make managing pain easier.
Fast-rising NASCAR driver Natalie Decker, who is an Arthritis Foundation Champion Ambassador — she grew up with arthritis and continues to battle its challenges — says Vim has helped her get into a meditation routine that puts her mind at ease, plus set physical goals like regular stretching exercises. She says: “I like that you can cheer on other people. That’s cool.”
Vim is made possible by Arthritis Foundation sponsors who believe it’s a great solution to help people with arthritis find their Yes.
A representative of Vim Inaugural Sponsor TYLENOL says:
“TYLENOL® is a proud partner of the Arthritis Foundation and an Inaugural Sponsor of the Foundation’s three-year plan to conquer pain. We have chosen to support Vim and the pain initiative because we believe in the power of encouragement and education as key tools in helping those who suffer from arthritis pain to lead fuller lives.”
A spokesperson for Flexion Therapeutics, another Vim Inaugural Sponsor, adds:
“As a company committed to bettering the lives of patients confronting painful osteoarthritis, Flexion Therapeutics is honored to support the Arthritis Foundation’s Vim app, which is a powerful tool aimed at helping patients with arthritis, including osteoarthritis, take both small and big steps in managing the chronic joint pain that debilitates so many with this disease.”
Joe Tolman, founder of HurtSkurt, Vim Participating Sponsor, says:
“Becoming a Partner with the Arthritis Foundation and being part of the launch of the pain initiative and Vim app was an absolute no-brainer for us. The goal of HurtSkurt® is to help people achieve pain relief in the most efficient way, and the goal of the Vim app is to help people suffering with arthritis manage their everyday pain. If we can help even one person per day to have a better day because our products, then we are doing something special. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this project.”
Get started with Vim today. And see for yourself how much it can help give you back what chronic pain takes away.