Low-Back Pain (LBP) affects a large portion of the working population. Preventive exoskeletons have been proposed to reduce the moments on the lower back, specifically around the lumbosacral (L5/S1) joint. High correlation has been shown, between reducing the moments around the L5/S1 joint and intervertebral compression forces, which in turn have been identified as a risk factor for developing LBP. However, most passive back support exoskeletons use rigid plates or stiff beams to support the spine that limit the range of motion of the wearer. A large range of motion and versatility are especially desirable for industrial applications. To overcome these limitations, a passive biomimetic exo-spine has been designed, modelled and an initial prototype tested. Its potential to allow for a large range of motion, whilst at the same time limiting the most extreme and potentially harmful postures has been shown.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
Subtitle of host publication2017 International Conference
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-2296-4
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2017
Event15th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 17 Jul 201721 Jul 2017


Conference15th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Abbreviated title ICORR 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

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