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Date:4/23/2013

e therapist with reliable, precise information about the behaviour patterns of the patient's lumbar region.

The second objective of the Lumbia is to prevent damage in healthy patients. In this respect, the use of the Lumbia will help them to re-educate the posture of their lumbar regions when they are warned through a vibration that the posture is incorrect.

Lumbia technology will be available on the market in 2014 and the Italian company BTS will be responsible for distributing it internationally; the aim is to reach the specialists in the sector so that they can use it on their patients, and companies, so that they can prevent damage being sustained by their staff.

Lumbago, a universal problem

According to the study "Disorders of the lumbar spine and their relation with work in Spain" produced by the Mapfre Foundation, practically everyone will suffer a bout of lumbago at some point in their lives. Every year between 5 and 25% of the general population will suffer lumbago but this rate rises to 50% during working age, between the ages of 18 and 65. Right now, it is the main cause of sick leave in Spain, which means an average of 6 million working days are lost every year at a cost of up to 112 million euros for National Insurance.

According to data of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation it is estimated that throughout the European Union there are about 67 million people affected by this problem. For example, in Germany the direct costs resulting from lumbago are calculated to be 7,000 per person, which accounts for 75% of the total cost of being off work, as far as the figures for temporary disability in that country are concerned.


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