Lumbatex: A Wearable Monitoring System Based on Inertial Sensors to Measure and Control the Lumbar Spine Motion

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Title: Lumbatex: A Wearable Monitoring System Based on Inertial Sensors to Measure and Control the Lumbar Spine Motion
Authors: Cortell-Tormo, Juan M. | García-Jaén, Miguel | Ruiz-Fernandez, Daniel | Fuster Lloret, Vicent
Research Group/s: Research in Physical Education, Fitness and Performance (RIPEFAP) | Grupo de Investigación en Alimentación y Nutrición (ALINUT) | Ingeniería Bioinspirada e Informática para la Salud
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Tecnología Informática y Computación
Keywords: Spinal disorders | Low back pain | Lumbar spine | Inertial sensors | Medical rehabilitation | Sports medicine
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva | Arquitectura y Tecnología de Computadores
Issue Date: 5-Jul-2019
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 2019, 27(8): 1644-1653. doi:10.1109/TNSRE.2019.2927083
Abstract: Measuring the curvature of the lumbar spine is an important challenge in disciplines related to physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine seeking to solve the incidence of the low back pain and other spinal disorders in the population. In clinical practice, most of the methods used are manual or depend on the trained eye of the specialist who is measuring. We have developed Lumbatex: an integrated system based on inertial sensors integrated into a wearable textile device. This device is connected via Bluetooth to software, which interprets data from the sensors and provides real-time biofeedback to users in a graphical way and also a quantitative measure of the curvature and spinal motion. The system is tested in two ways: first, checking the accuracy detecting changes in curvatures; second, evaluating the usability and comfort from the user standpoint. The accuracy is checked through a static method getting curvature values from the device placed on curved platforms and a dynamic validation with volunteers performing different exercises. The results obtained showed a high accuracy measuring changes in curvature with an error lower than 1° in the static test and good usability and comfort according to the opinion of the volunteers.
Sponsor: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under Grant DEP2011-30009-C02-01. The work of M. García-Jaén was supported by the Generalitat Valenciana, Spain, under Grant ACIF/2016/048.
ISSN: 1534-4320 (Print) | 1558-0210 (Online)
DOI: 10.1109/TNSRE.2019.2927083
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 IEEE
Peer Review: si
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