Intelligent brace for scoliosis

Scoliosis is a spinal condition in which the spine can grow crookedly. A therapy for scoliosis consists of wearing a brace, a corset that forces the spine back into position. However, the therapy depends on a number of factors such as the duration of wearing the brace (up to 23 hours per day), the shape of the brace and how tightly the brace is worn.

Objective

Exploring what information can be measured with sensors processed in the brace and what is important for the patient, the practitioner and the instrument maker.

Results

A product concept for the integration of sensors in the Scoliosis brace to monitor the closing force and the use of the brace.
Insight into the information requirements for the various parties involved in fitting and wearing a brace.
 

Duration

01 February 2021 - 01 February 2022

Approach

Inventory of the experience and wishes (of the patient and the medical professional) in regards to the brace. Subsequently, a concept product of the intelligent brace will be realized with a selection of type, amount of sensors and placement, using the existing platform.

HU researchers involved in the research

  • Erik Puik
    Erik Puik
    • Professor
    • Research groups: Microsystems Technology
  • Tim Idzenga | Researcher | Microsystems Technology
    Tim Idzenga
    • Researcher
    • Research groups: Microsystems Technology

Related research groups

Collaboration with knowledge partners

Various parties are involved in this project:
Leuk Orthopedie 
UMCU Afdeling Orthopedie
WeLLDesign
Association of scoliosis patients
 

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Tim Idzenga | Researcher | Microsystems Technology

Tim Idzenga

  • Researcher
  • Research group: Microsystems Technology