Spinal Posture Monitor

Spinal Posture Monitor

Student(s):

Ayman Almakki
Electrical & Computer Engineering


David Tilden
Biomedical Engineering


Traci Kress
Biomedical Engineering


Brian Skillman
Biomedical Engineering

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Project Overview

Spinal injuries and conditions are common among a wide variety of patients ranging from the elderly to physical laborers, and many can be traced back to improper spinal loading due to poor posture when lifting objects, sitting, or doing other physical tasks. Many of them can be prevented by keeping proper posture, preventing the spine from contorting in a dangerous way. As such, a way to monitor the approximate shape of the spine at period intervals and alert the patient of any concerns would be useful in preventing these injuries.

We aim to develop a simple device that takes in simple measurements of the spinal and reports incorrect spinal loading to the patient in some way. This could serve to train patients to have correct spinal posture even when not wearing the device.