Biomechanical measurements in the spinal column of pregnant women using vertebral metrics

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Abstract

In modern society, pain is a relevant problem of the population in general and of pregnant women in particular, being a common symptom and frequently referred to in pregnancies without any pathology associated. Studies indicate that from 35 to 76% of pregnant women experience pain during the gestational period. Most researchers attribute the etiology of the pain to biomechanical alterations of the spinal column throughout pregnancy, however an in-depth analysis has been delayed by the fact that the analytical processes involved are invasive and, as such, cannot be applied to pregnant women. On the other hand, non-invasive diagnostic methods only allow partial analyses of the spinal column, not offering a global vision. In face of the limitations mentioned we built Vertebral Metrics - an instrument that allows us to identify the x, y and z positions of each of the vertices of the spinal apophyses (vertebrae), giving us a global evaluation of the spinal column, in a standing position. The present work has the objective of presenting the first application of this equipment to 49 pregnant women at four different moments of pregnancy (12, 20, 32 e 37 weeks of gestation). Analyzing the results we can conclude that Vertebral Metrics - is an innovative instrument in the global evaluation of the spinal column in a standing position, allowing a quantitative analysis of its shape and temporal variations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR MEDICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERING, PTS 1 AND 2
EditorsA. Jobbagy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages842-845
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-23507-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Nov 2011
Event5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 14 Sep 201118 Sep 2011

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume37
ISSN (Print)1680-0737

Conference

Conference5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period14/09/1118/09/11

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Evaluation
  • Non-invasive equipment
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal colum

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