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|Title:||Biomechanical measurements in the spinal column of pregnant women using vertebral metrics|
|Citation:||Quaresma, C., Dias, I., Secca, M. F., O'Neill, J. G., & Branco, J. (2011, Sep 14-18). Biomechanical measurements in the spinal column of pregnant women using vertebral metrics. Paper presented at the 5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering, Budapest, Hungary.|
|Abstract:||In modern society, pain is a relevant problem of the population in general and of pregnant women in particular, being a common symptom and frequently referred to in pregnancies without any pathology associated. Studies indicate that from 35 to 76% of pregnant women experience pain during the gestational period. Most researchers attribute the etiology of the pain to biomechanical alterations of the spinal column throughout pregnancy, however an in-depth analysis has been delayed by the fact that the analytical processes involved are invasive and, as such, cannot be applied to pregnant women. On the other hand, non-invasive diagnostic methods only allow partial analyses of the spinal column, not offering a global vision. In face of the limitations mentioned we built Vertebral Metrics - an instrument that allows us to identify the x, y and z positions of each of the vertices of the spinal apophyses (vertebrae), giving us a global evaluation of the spinal column, in a standing position. The present work has the objective of presenting the first application of this equipment to 49 pregnant women at four different moments of pregnancy (12, 20, 32 e 37 weeks of gestation). Analyzing the results we can conclude that Vertebral Metrics - is an innovative instrument in the global evaluation of the spinal column in a standing position, allowing a quantitative analysis of its shape and temporal variations.|
|Description:||5th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering: Budapest, Hungary: SEP 14-18, 2011|
|Appears in Collections:||D-SA - Comunicações com peer review|
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