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smart wearable technologies for neck pain assessment

Through strong collaborative relationships with colleagues in biomedical and materials engineering at Western, members of our lab are involved in the development and testing of new approaches to using consumer-accessible technologies for more robust evaluations of neck mobility and function. So far these have included creation of a new mathematical model for ‘cervical circumduction’ using a simple wearable accelerometer (or a smartphone for that matter) attached to the head as an indicator of overall cervical mobility in clinic, and a stretch-sensitive adhesive that we believe can function as a sort of ‘fitbit for the neck’ to quantify general neck motion over a longer period of time. We plan to continue leveraging new technologies to facilitate evaluation of neck function, as a body region that has traditionally been difficult to evaluate.