Within the framework of the TECNOWORK R&D Project, the Textile Technological Institute – AITEX has developed new compressive textile structures for the work environment.
Among the various health problems suffered by employees, joint pain is one of the biggest factors in absenteeism. This type of problem is caused by various factors and is more common than pathological diseases, cardiovascular complaints and even diabetes.
Osteoarthritis in the upper joints, elbows and wrists, is a common complaint among workers who use pneumatic tools. Acromioclavicular shoulder joint pains are common in people in the construction sector, while hip osteoarthritis is mostly associated with workers in the agriculture sector. In mining, joint problems occur mostly in the knees. On the other hand, problems associated with the spine and the appearance of degenerative diseases or herniated discs is common in activities involving heavy lifting and carrying.
Therefore, there is a need for a project that encompasses the research and development of this type of article using state-of-the-art textile technologies, to achieve substantial improvements over existing articles, to prevent and treat joint injuries in the worker
The TECNOWORK – Project – Technical textile functionalisation using knitting and continuous lamination processes with application in the workplace (IMAMCI/2019/1)
The type of orthotic articles under development are:
• Compressive articles for joints – KNEE, ELBOW
• Posture correction – GLOVES FOR ARTHOSIS, WRISTBAND
This project has the support of the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball of the Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.