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10.08.2011

Antonius Rohlmann wins GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award

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Antonius Rohlmann wins the GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award 2010/2011.

Antonius Rohlmann, scientist at the Julius Wolff Institute, wins the GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award 2010/2011, together with his colleagues Georg Bergmann and Friedmar Graichen as well as scientists from the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The researchers have been awarded for their paper "Loads on a spinal implant measured in vivo during whole-body vibration", in which they documented the in-vivo measurement of loads on the spine. The paper has been selected as the best basic science publication of the year in the European Spine Journal 2010/2011.

In the publication, the engineers document and assess the results of the in vivo load measurement of the lower spine. After spinal surgery, patients often want to know whether the vibration of driving a car or using public transportation can be dangerous for their spine. Therefore, the researchers studied the spinal load during driving a car with modified vertebral body replacements that have been instrumented with sensors and a telemetry unit.

Patients were exposed to vibrations with different intensity levels and various postures. The results showed that leaning at the backrest as well as lower intensity levels markedly decreased the implant loads. Therefore, driving a car or using public transportation systems — when the patient leans towards the backrest — leads to lower implant loads than walking, and can therefore be allowed already shortly after surgery.

The yearly GRAMMER European Spine Journal Award is endowed with 20,000 Euro and is deemed to be the highest award in spinal research. It is awarded by the Grammer AG, the European Spine Journal and the Spine Society of Europe.

Links

Rohlmann A, Hinz B, Blüthner R, Graichen F, Bergmann G
Loads on a spinal implant measured in vivo during whole-body vibration.
Eur Spine J. 2010 Jul;19(7):1129-35



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