The orthopedics sector is increasingly demanding and competitive. Patients suffering from osteoarthritis need solutions that improve their personal autonomy and mitigate the effects of the disease without losing autonomy and life quality. EMO and IBV have designed and developed a new generation of knee orthoses that adapt to the anthropometry and biomechanics of the users, considering the context of use, usability and the needs and preferences of both users and professionals. In order to achieve such an advanced solution, a multidisciplinary team and various laboratory studies were necessary to define the user-centered design and the development process.
There are currently many tools that make it possible to study the human body in motion. However, most of them require high technical training in order to be able to define and carry out any type of study. Kinemov/IBV is a solution that seeks to make the analysis of human movements easier for users who have no specific knowledge of biomechanical modeling. The application collects information through photogrammetry cameras, force platforms and surface electromyography. It also includes predefined models and integrated kinematic and dynamic calculations, which make it possible to study any manner of movement and generate configurable and exportable results reports, according to the needs of the user.
A comprehensive analysis of human gait requires expensive instrumentation protocols and highly qualified staff, which limits the use of this biomechanical assessment technique. In view of this reality, Instituto de Biomecánica has developed the NedAMHplus/IBV application based on kinematic, dynamic and electromyographic measurements. NedAMHplus/IBV offers easy-to-interpret information for clinical decision making using a fast and simple protocol. The studies performed concluded that the results of NedAMHplus/IBV are reproducible and valid for gait assessment.
Falls are currently one of the most frequent and serious health problems among the elderly. Efficient social and health management from the preventive point of view stands out as one of the main objectives for tackling this problem. To address this, the IBV and the University Hospital of La Ribera, managed by Ribera Salud II UTE Law 18/82, are jointly carrying out a line of research to develop and validate new technological advances. The project presented below has served to ascertain the applicability and usefulness of the FallSkip tool in the context of visits to a Primary Care physician. The aspects evaluated include, among others, that of the time and ease of use, as well as the usefulness of the information provided in the assessment of the risk of falls with respect to conventional methods based on questionnaires and clinical scales.