Twin Cities orthopedic surgeon Dan Kline says his team is able to cure patients with back pain by using a device called a back pressure plate.
It works by pushing a sensor around the back of the spine, so the patient’s neck can be aligned with the spinal column.
Kline, who specializes in hip replacement, says that the plate has improved the quality of life for more than 1,000 patients.
Klines lab has been developing the device for about a year.
“This device can detect the spine’s alignment and use it to predict the spinal cord, which is critical,” he says.
“It can also give us a lot of information about how the spinal system works and what it’s doing, and how to prevent injuries and diseases in the spine.”
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The Globe and Mail’s Peter Madsen contributed to this report.