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.
The cervical whiplash syndrome caused by traffic accidents has a high incidence in Spain and, since there are no effective diagnostic tools, it is a controversial condition. This situation results in high personal and economic costs in nowadays society. Against this background, Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) has developed WAAS/IBV. More than 40 years of experience in biomechanical assessment have allowed the IBV to develop this objective, quick, simple and cost-effective biomechanical assessment system for the evaluation of the cervical whiplash syndrome caused by traffic accidents, based on scientifically validated methodologies.
Since the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) was created in the UPV, around 1976, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation have always been the main areas of interest. Throughout these years, the IBV has developed many contributions and innovations within this field. The use of biomechanical analysis techniques to diagnose, assess and monitor the main pathologies of the locomotor system is certainly among the most representative ones.
As a result of this activity, the IBV has collaborated with the main national and international agents in this medical field. One of the most outstanding examples, because of its extent and scope, is the collaboration of the IBV with the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM). The joint work of both organizations made it possible to promote the use of biomechanics in the daily practice of European professionals, meeting their healthcare needs through various innovative training actions.