Vertebral metrics: Application of a mechanical instrument to evaluate the spinal column in pregnant women

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Abstract

The incidence of problems related to rachialgiae is so frequent and usual that it must be studied as if it were an epidemic and social disease (Knoplich, 2003). It was built a completely mechanically and non-invasive system, designed as Vertebral Metrics, which is able to identify the position x, y and z of each spine apophysis, from the first cervical vertebra to the first sacral vertebra in standing position. The measuring part is the "body" of the instrument, and the "support". This devise was applied in a pregnant woman in four moments of the pregnancy: 12; 20, 32 and 37 weeks. In the second moment of the evaluation of the spine the curvatures decrease when compared with the other moments of the evaluation, where an increase of these curvatures, related to rachialgie, is evident.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIODEVICES 2010 - 3rd International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings
EditorsA. Fred, J. Filipe, H. Gamboa
PublisherINSTICC-INST SYST TECHNOLOGIES INFORMATION CONTROL & COMMUNICATION
Pages143-146
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9789896740177
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2010
Event3rd International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2010 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 20 Jan 201023 Jan 2010

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, BIODEVICES 2010
CountrySpain
CityValencia
Period20/01/1023/01/10

Keywords

  • Biomechanics
  • Evaluation
  • Non-invasive instrument
  • Pregnant women
  • Spinal column
  • Standing position

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