Title: BACKTRAINER : computer-aided therapy system with augmented feedback for the lower back
Authors : Brodbeck, Dominique
Degen, Markus
Stanimirov, Michael
Kool, Jan
Scheermesser, Mandy
Oesch, Peter
Neuhaus, Cornelia
Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics : HEALTHINF
Volume(Issue) : Volume 1
Pages : 66
Pages to: 73
Conference details: HEALTHINF 2009, Porto, Portugal, 14 - 17 January 2009
Editors of the parent work: Azevedo, L.
Londral, A.
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information Control and Communication (INSTICC)
Issue Date: 2009
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Editorial review
Language : English
Subjects : Computer-aided therapy; Ambient visualization; Back pain; Physiotherapy
Subject (DDC) : 615.82: Physical therapy
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 ambient 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.
Departement: Health Professions
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
Publication type: Conference Paper
DOI : 10.5220/0001550400660073
ISBN: 978-989-8111-63-0
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14630
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