FEASIBILITY IS EXAMINED FOR A HAND-HELD INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THRUST FORCE AND JOINT MOTION DURING SPINAL MANIPULATION AND REHABILITATION OF PATIENTS WITH NEUROMUSCULAR APPLICATION TO THE HEALTH FIELD: PROVIDE NONINVASIVE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF FORCES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 3277
Amount: $47,435.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1985
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Activator Methods, Inc.
310 S. First St., Box 1158, Willmar, MN, 56201
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DENNIS B. SMITH
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (818) 767-2714
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
FEASIBILITY IS EXAMINED FOR A HAND-HELD INSTRUMENT TO MEASURE THRUST FORCE AND JOINT MOTION DURING SPINAL MANIPULATION AND REHABILITATION OF PATIENTS WITH NEUROMUSCULAR APPLICATION TO THE HEALTH FIELD: PROVIDE NONINVASIVE MONITORING AND CONTROL OF FORCES APPLIED DURING PHYSICAL REHABILITATION PROCEDURES FOR THE BACK. THIS INSTRUMENTATION IS EXPECTED TO PROMOTE PATIENT SAFETY, ESPECIALLY THOSE AT RISK FOR STROKE. IT OFFERS A TOOL FOR CLINICAL RESEARCH INTO EFFICACIES OF SPINAL REHABILITATION AND FUNDAMENTAL NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH INTO BACK PAIN MECHANISMS. SPECIFIC AIMS AND METHODS FOR PHASE I ARE TO: 1. EVALUATE WITH OSCILLOSCOPE AND SELECT APPROPRIATE FORCE AND ACCELERATION TRANSDUCERS; 2. CHARACTERIZE ACCELEROMETER OUTPUT FROM THRUSTING INSTRUMENT, BODY SURFACE, AND VERTEBRAL BONE OF ANIMAL MODEL (DOG);3. CONSTRUCT AND CALIBRATE PROTOTYPE INSTRUMENT FOR DOCTOR'S OFFICE; 4. CALCULATE DISPLACEMENT FROM ACCELERATIONS; DETERMINE FORCE-DISPLACEMENT CURVES FOR SELECTED VERTEBRAE. PHASE II WOULD FURTHER CHARACTERIZE MOTION BEHAVIOR OF THE ENTIRE SPINE, ESTABLISH SAFE THRUST LIMITS, AND RELATE MOBILIZATION TO CLINICAL IMPROVEMENT. PHASE II WOULD ALSO INVOLVE INSTRUMENT PACKAGE MINIATURIZATION AND AUTOMATION FOR COMMERCIALIZATION. THERE IS STRONG COMMERCIAL POTENTIAL BECAUSE FEW OBJECTIVE MEASURES ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS FIELD, AND THE MARKET INCLUDES CHIROPRACTIC, PHYSICAL THERAPY, AND PHYSICAL MEDICINE.

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