Development of a bespoke 3D printed spinal brace for lumbar support

Fryett, G., Siena, F.L. ORCID: 0000-0002-6908-7365, Watkins, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3756-0437 and Breedon, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-1006-0942, 2022. Development of a bespoke 3D printed spinal brace for lumbar support. The Journal of Health Design, 7 (2), pp. 486-495. ISSN 2206-785X

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Low back pain (LBP) is a significant contributor to disabilities in the UK. Many factors cause LBP, including poor posture, obesity, and spinal fractures, all resulting in spiralling healthcare costs. If spinal fractures are not properly braced, they can lead to weakened vertebrae in the spine and larger risks that can reoccur. There are many problems with flexible, semi-rigid and rigid braces currently available on the market. We present the user-centred design approach undertaken by a multidisciplinary design team consisting of product designers, design engineers, technical specialists, and healthcare professionals to develop a bespoke 3D-printed spinal brace using a digital design workflow.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: The Journal of Health Design
Creators: Fryett, G., Siena, F.L., Watkins, M. and Breedon, P.
Publisher: Archetype Health Pty Ltd
Date: 19 August 2022
Volume: 7
Number: 2
ISSN: 2206-785X
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 23 Aug 2022 07:00
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2022 07:18

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