EmpaNews 48 published

Backache – a matter of mechanics

Apr 15, 2015 | RAINER KLOSE

Some say that back pain is the price we pay for walking upright. Others claim that the problem only really started when humankind sat down to reflect and contemplate. Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and Balgrist University Hospital, Empa is beginning to decode the mechanics of the lower vertebrae. Researchers soon will be able to reveal how wear and tear comes about on vertebral bodies and spinal disks. This will make choosing the appropriate therapy much easier. 

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Also in this issue (focus: medical engineering):

  • New artificial hip joints
  • Light replaces the needle
  • Chest strap for long-term ECGs

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