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