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Authors: Dominique Brodbeck 1 ; Markus Degen 1 ; Michael Stanimirov 1 ; Jan Kool 2 ; Mandy Scheermesser 2 ; Peter Oesch 3 and Cornelia Neuhaus 4

Affiliations: 1 School of Life Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Switzerland ; 2 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland ; 3 Clinic Valens, Center for rehabilitation, Switzerland ; 4 University Children’s Hospital UKBB Basel, Switzerland

ISBN: 978-989-8111-63-0

Keyword(s): Back pain, Physiotherapy, Computer-aided therapy, Augmented feedback, Ambient visualization.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Biomedical Engineering ; Biomedical Signal Processing ; Devices ; Health Information Systems ; Human-Computer Interaction ; Physiological Computing Systems ; Therapeutic Systems and Technologies ; Wearable Sensors and Systems

Abstract: Low back pain is an important problem in industrialized countries. Two key factors limit the effectiveness of physiotherapy: low compliance of patients with repetitive movement exercises, and inadequate awareness of patients of their own posture. The Backtrainer system addresses these problems by real-time monitoring of the spine position, by providing a framework for most common physiotherapy exercises for the low back, and by providing feedback to patients in a motivating way. A minimal sensor configuration was identified as two inertial sensors that measure the orientation of the lower back at two points with three degrees of freedom. The software was designed as a flexible platform to experiment with different hardware, and with various feedback modalities. Basic exercises for two types of movements are provided: mobilizing and stabilizing. We developed visual feedback - abstract as well as in the form of a virtual reality game - and complemented the on-screen graphics with an amb ient feedback device. The system was evaluated during five weeks in a rehabilitation clinic with 26 patients and 15 physiotherapists. Subjective satisfaction of subjects was good, and we interpret the results as encouraging indication for the adoption of such a therapy support system by both patients and therapists. (More)

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Brodbeck D.; Degen M.; Stanimirov M.; Kool J.; Scheermesser M.; Oesch P.; Neuhaus C. and (2009). BACKTRAINER - Computer-aided Therapy System with Augmented Feedback for the Lower Back.In Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009) ISBN 978-989-8111-63-0, pages 66-73. DOI: 10.5220/0001550400660073

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author={Dominique Brodbeck and Markus Degen and Michael Stanimirov and Jan Kool and Mandy Scheermesser and Peter Oesch and Cornelia Neuhaus},
title={BACKTRAINER - Computer-aided Therapy System with Augmented Feedback for the Lower Back},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)},
year={2009},
pages={66-73},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001550400660073},
isbn={978-989-8111-63-0},
}

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics - Volume 1: HEALTHINF, (BIOSTEC 2009)
TI - BACKTRAINER - Computer-aided Therapy System with Augmented Feedback for the Lower Back
SN - 978-989-8111-63-0
AU - Brodbeck, D.
AU - Degen, M.
AU - Stanimirov, M.
AU - Kool, J.
AU - Scheermesser, M.
AU - Oesch, P.
AU - Neuhaus, C.
PY - 2009
SP - 66
EP - 73
DO - 10.5220/0001550400660073

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