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2001-06-26

The Dortmunder - Biomechanical Model for Quantification and Assessment of the Load on the Lumbar Spine 2001-01-2085

Evaluation of occupational activities with regard to potential overexertion of the lumbar spine requires the quantification and assessment of lumbar load. The aim of this paper is to introduce a biomechanical model, called The Dortmunder. The current version represents a 3-D dynamic simulation tool, which permits calculation of several mechanical measures of lumbar load in the form of local and temporal profiles. For the assessment of overexertion risk, task-related lumbar-load values can be compared to the so-called Dortmund Recommendations, which represent age-and-gender-related limits based on the load-bearing capacity of spinal elements.

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