Project stages

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Research
2
Implementation
3
Testing
4
Functional
5
Evaluation

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Cluj Napoca, RO

Project Details

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The “Mobility and Posture” project proposes the use of computerized diagnostics for the rapid detection of possible impairments of posture, gait and mobility of children, suggesting that they are identified and possible methods of treatment. We use P Walk portable equipment to evaluate the posture, walk and balance and VALEDO for the column; The equipment is of state-of-the-art, non-invasive, with sensors and high-performance software for detection of walking and spine deficiencies.
For the implementation of the project in Alba Iulia, Physiomed collaborates with the general schools and the local partner Bio Therapy Plus.
The main objective of the proposed solution is early detection of deficiencies, identification and treatment of pathology related to gait, balance and posture using Valedo devices and P walk.

The P walk device performs the functional analysis of a cycle of walking through static and dynamic measurements, carried out on a sensor-driven surface, computerized data analysis based on standardized data, which are automatically compared with Values obtained following examination.

The VALEDO concept provides an easy and reliable way to determine the posture and mobility of each individual segment of the spine, combining special sensors with specialized software that analyzes all column-related information With special advantages by:

-Accurate (static and dynamic) assessment of the spine

-3d visualization of the shape and mobility of the spine

-Recommendations on the therapy of potential diseases

With this evaluation of children, it is desirable to detect in the early stages any posturing and walking problems, which may subsequently be treated through specialised procedures.

 

Technical specifications

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The systems used allow for the rapid detection of possible posture, gait and mobility shortcomings, being especially recommended for testing children 8-11 years, the period during which corrective action can be applied effectively.
For evaluation, we use 2 equipment, P walk to evaluate the posture, walk and balance and VALEDO for the column; The equipment is of state-of-the-art, with high-performance software for detection of walking and spine deficiencies, is non-invasive, and the investigative time required for a child being 5-10 min.

1) BTS P-WALK performs the functional analysis of a cycle by walking through static and dynamic measurements of planting pressures.

Planting pressure Analysis:

BTS P-WALK allows evaluation of how planting and forces pressures are distributed, both in static and dynamic phase (during walking). It helps to identify the planting overload, rotations and postural asymmetry.
The software automatically frames the result in one of the 6 basic types of foot deformation, highlighting the track of the mass center projection for each step.
BTS P-Walk allows evaluation of contact surfaces, medium and maximum pressures and forces.

Analysis of Static balance:

Evaluation of posterior and lateral antero oscillations for both the body and each member
Assessment of Proprioceptive, oculomotor and vestibular interference.

Analysis of spatial-temporal parameters (if we have a surface of over 1.5 m2)

Objective analysis of the motor capacities of the lower train and the results of the treatment:

Speed
Cadence
Step length
Length of a walking cliclu
Cycle duration
Duration of Unipod Support
Duration of Bipodal Support
Dynamic phase Duration
Duration of static phase
Propulsion Phase Analysis
Symmetry index between the acceleration of the two lower limbs.

Features:
Configuration: 1 Plate
Dimensions (LxWxH): 675 x 540 x 5 mm
Active area: 48 x 48 cm
Acquisition frequency: up to 100 Hz
Power: Via USB
Connectivity: USB2
Weight: 5 kg

2) Valedo ® Shape provides an easy and reliable way to determine the mobility of each individual segment of your spine. When guided along the spine, it automatically adjusts to the back outline and transfers the data to the software with which to view the shape of the column.

Valedo ® Shape
Range: 2 m
Getting dates: 2 data points/mm
Purchase Rate: 400 samples/sec – at speed of 0.2 m/s
Angular resolution: ± 0.2 °
Operating conditions: Temperature 15 – 35 °c
Humidity 30 – 75% relative air humidity
Air pressure 700 – 1060 HPa
Dimensions (L x W x H): 140 x 20 x 110 mm
Weight: 210 g
Power: 2 Alkaline type AA battery – 1.5 V
Power consumption: 200 MV
Device Support
Dimensions (L x W x H): 210 x 150 x 110 mm
Weight: 420 g

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BTS P-WALK is the ideal solution for identifying and treating pathologies related to gait and balance disorders. P-Walk has numerous applications in orthopedics, neurology, diabetic foot, Parkinson’s disease, preventing the risk of falling of elderly patients, etc. In children’s case, you can quickly detect possible motor deficiencies and the best treatment methods.

Valedo allows accurate evaluation of the spine and 3d visualization of the shape and mobility of the spine. Depending on the results, individual and relevant treatment can be planned, as well as monitoring the progress of therapy.

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After testing at the sports classes of more than 30 fifth-grade children in two schools in Alba Iulia, for more than 65% of them posture deficiencies were identified (especially scoliosis tendencies). Therefore, we propose to continue the project in other local schools and to transmit completely confidentially results and where appropriate, parental treatment recommendations.