Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Editorial review
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
DOI: 10.5220/0001550400660073
Proceedings: Proceedings of the International Conference on Health Informatics : HEALTHINF
Editors of the parent work: Azevedo, L.
Londral, A.
Volume(Issue): Volume 1
Page(s): 66
Pages to: 73
Conference details: HEALTHINF 2009, Porto, Portugal, 14-17 January 2009
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information Control and Communication (INSTICC)
ISBN: 978-989-8111-63-0
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.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/14630
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Physiotherapy (IPT)
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