Correct posture and musculoskeletal diseases

Raise awareness about the correct posture in the workplace

The holiday season has come and gone. For the majority of mortals this means back to work!

The average person spends a third of his life at work and it is of the utmost importance to understand the serious health repercussions that can be caused due to sitting in incorrect postures for prolonged periods of time. Musculoskeletal diseases, also known as MSDs, greatly effects our society as complications can lead to high amounts of absenteeism in the work place.

There are over 150 types of musculoskeletal diseases and syndromes, although those that currently have the largest effect on our workforce and society in general are: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, low back pain, and limb trauma[1]. According to the New Zealand Ministry of Health, “Health loss from musculoskeletal disorders, including neck and lower back disorders and arthritis, is increasing – partly because of rising rates of obesity. Musculoskeletal disorders already account for 13% of all health loss.”[2] Of the millions of people suffering from muscular and joint pain, the struggle is ongoing and does not discriminate against age. In most cases quality Read more

A phone call that can ease the pain

Musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries are a major burden for New Zealand. Telephone clinical support offers relief for patients, national health systems, employers and insurers.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are the second highest cause of disability worldwide[i]. In New Zealand, one quarter of adults suffer from an MSK disorder, and they are the leading cause of disability, consuming at least 25% of the country’s annual health costs.[ii] Indeed, a worldwide study found that up to 80% of people suffer from back pain in their lifetime, and 50% of the working population is afflicted by incapacitating back pain at least once a year[iii]. Mobile solutions for an immobile population The demand for face to face MSK consultations has grown and is further increased by a society which is getting Read more

A printer that can save lives

First used in the 1980s for car manufacturing prototypes, 3D printing has grown to have a significant impact on medicine today, where it can provide solutions for complex or high-risk situations.

How do doctors use 3D printers? After taking a scan, such as a CT or an MRI, of a particular area, a specialised computer graphics programme uses these results to create the exact dimensions for of the same area. These are sent to a 3D printer, which outputs the replica, in a variety of biocompatible materials. When a delicate touch is needed From Michigan, USA, where researchers printed a splint to hold open a section of a baby’s airway[i], to Hangzhou, China, where a 21 year old man with a rare spinal tumour was fitted with a custom-designed prosthesis to reinforce damaged vertebrae[ii], Read more