Biomechanical evaluation
The biomechanical evaluation services we carry out at the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) provide an objective analysis of the human body’s biomechanical behaviour and its interaction with the environment. We do so using methods and technologies specifically designed to study posture and movement kinetically, kinematically and physiologically.
These services are useful for assessing bodily damage, carrying out medical and legal loss adjustment expert studies, planning treatment, checking on a patient’s progress, evaluating the possibilities for rehabilitation, assessing a worker’s ability to do the job, and evaluating and redesigning workplaces ergonomically.
We carry out the following kinds of services:
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Evaluation of road traffic injuries
The service for evaluating road traffic injuries provides professionals in the sector with a series of tests that are useful as complementary medical examinations in assessing bodily harm to traffic accident victims in order to objectively ascertain if there are sequelae.
By using advanced techniques to analyse human movement, the professionals that perform the damage evaluation can obtain reliable results that cannot be manipulated, which helps in applying Table VI of Spanish legislation’s “Classification and Evaluation of Sequelae”.
The medical interview (anamnesis) and clinical evaluation are fundamental in evaluating impairments in order to make decisions as regards injured people’s diagnosis, treatment or progress. This clinical examination sometimes requires assistance from additional tests to improve the outcome of the exploration. There are factors that affect the final quantification that are difficult to verify such as the evaluation of elements indicating damage such as pain or else assessing people who are exaggerating or pretending. In this regard, a functional evaluation based on biomechanical tests is an extremely valid source of information today for clinics and loss adjusters who need to quantitatively and objectively assess the harm done to injured people and their impairments.

The main uses for the traffic injuries evaluation are:

– To check on the progress of different pathologies whose treatment is lasting unnecessarily long.

– To detect exaggerated or simulated behaviour in such processes.

– To check on the evaluation of sequelae.

Bodily damage evaluation
The service for evaluation of Bodly damage uses a series of biomechanical tests specifically aimed at a functional assessment of the musculoskeletal system.
These tests, based on the use of 3D photogrammetry, instrumented insoles, dynamometric platforms and other techniques using technological tools, all enable bodily damage to be evaluated objectively and reliably with no possible manipulation of the measurements
Although a clinical evaluation is fundamental in assessing impairments in order to make decisions concerning treatment or compensation for the patient, it is often insufficient. There are difficulties such as the subjectivity of the evaluation and in evaluating factors indicating damage such as pain or else assessing people who are exaggerating or pretending. All of these influence the final quantification and are difficult to verify.
For this reason, a functional assessment based on biomechanical tests is a very valid source of information today for clinicians who need to objectively and quantitatively evaluate patients with damage or an impairment compared to the normal population.
The bodily damage evaluation is useful in:
– Functional evaluation of bodily damage.
– Helping to learn the functional capacity of musculoskeletal conditions.
– Medical and legal expert reports.
– Planning treatment.
– Checking on the patient’s evolution or progress.
– Evaluation of possibilities for rehabilitation.
Determining and measuring a residual disability after the process of rehabilitation.

Providing objective documentation provided about the injury.

Work capacity evaluation

The Work capacity evaluation service provides an objective assessment of a worker’s functional ability for the requirements of their job, giving unbiased, quantitative information to medical practitioners so they can assess a patient after a temporary period of disability due to an injury to the musculoskeletal system.

This service is useful as a complementary medical test in assessing patients to return to their jobs after an injury to the musculoskeletal system, or else to evaluate the level of permanent disability when there are doubts or discrepancies as regards:
-What physical requirements will be affected by the worker’s injury for the job to which he/she must return.
-Which of the worker’s physical capacities are affected by the injury, to what extent they are altered and if they will get worse after doing typical tasks related to their job, as patients often explain.
-The matching between the physical requirements necessary to do the worker’s job and the worker’s capacity after an injury.

Furthermore, these tests are used to objectively evaluate the patient’s level of cooperation, which is useful if there is any suspicion that the patient may be exaggerating or persevering in their symptoms following an injury from which they have already recovered.

The work capacity evaluation service is particularly useful for occupational accident insurers, medical evaluation firms and above all for social security incapacity assessment teams.

Ergonomic workplace evaluation and redesign

The ergonomic workplace evaluation and redesign service uses all of IBV’s wealth of accumulated experience in ergonomics and occupational health.

The main purpose of this service is to adapt devices, tasks, tools, spaces and environments in general to people’s needs and capacities in order to improve workers’ efficiency, safety and well-being.

The service includes:
– Ergonomic risk assessment.
Ergonomic design or redesign of work environments and devices.
Evaluation of workplaces for persons with disabilities.

Adaptation of workplaces for people with functional limitations and/or disabilities.