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Clinical Biomechanics

Robert J Cooper, Sophie Williams, Marlène Mengoni, Alison C Jones
BACKGROUND: Impingement resulting in soft tissue damage has been observed in hips with abnormal morphologies. Geometric parameterisation can be used to automatically generate a range of bone geometries for use in computational models, including femurs with cam deformity on the femoral neck. METHODS: This study verified patient-specific parametric finite element models of 20 patients with cam deformity (10 female, 10 male) through comparison to their patient-specific segmentation-based equivalents...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Michel J Bekker, Riemer J K Vegter, Jan W van der Scheer, Johanneke Hartog, Sonja de Groot, Wiebe de Vries, Ursina Arnet, Lucas H V van der Woude, Dirkjan H E J Veeger
BACKGROUND: Altered scapular kinematics have been associated with shoulder pain and functional limitations. To understand kinematics in persons with spinal cord injury during manual handrim wheelchair propulsion, a description of normal scapular behaviour in able-bodied persons during this specific task is a prerequisite for accurate interpretation. The primary aim of this study is to describe scapular kinematics in able-bodied persons during manual wheelchair propulsion. METHODS: Sixteen able-bodied, novice wheelchair users without shoulder complaints participated in the study...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Christian Klemt, Joe A Prinold, Sharon Morgans, Samuel H L Smith, Daniel Nolte, Peter Reilly, Anthony M J Bull
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of forces acting through the glenohumeral joint during activities of daily living is a prerequisite for improving implant design and aiding rehabilitation planning. Existing data are limited by the number of activities performed and, in some cases, the lack of representation of the glenohumeral loading direction, although high shear force components may cause joint dislocation or implant loosening. This study aims to analyse shoulder compression and shear force components during essential functional activities of daily living...
March 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Roger W Nightingale, Cameron R Bass, Barry S Myers
BACKGROUND: Cervical bilateral facet dislocations are among the most devastating spine injuries in terms of likelihood of severe neurological sequelae. More than half of patients with tetraparesis had sustained some form of bilateral facet fracture dislocation. They can occur at any level of the sub-axial cervical spine, but predominate between C5 and C7. The mechanism of these injuries has long been thought to be forceful flexion of the chin towards the chest. This "hyperflexion" hypothesis comports well with intuition and it has become dogma in the clinical literature...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Henri De Vroey, Filip Staes, Ive Weygers, Evie Vereecke, Jos Vanrenterghem, Jan Deklerck, Geert Van Damme, Hans Hallez, Kurt Claeys
BACKGROUND: The use of inertial measurement units for the evaluation of temporal parameters of gait has been studied in many populations. However, currently no studies support the use of inertial measurement units for this purpose in the knee arthroplasty population. The objective of the present study was to investigate the agreement between an inertial measurement and camera based system for the assessment of temporal gait parameters in a knee arthroplasty population. METHODS: Sixteen knee arthroplasty patients performed 3 gait trials at a self-selected speed along a 6 m walk-way...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Rafael Sierra-Guzmán, Fernando Jiménez, Javier Abián-Vicén
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have reported the factors contributing to chronic ankle instability, which could lead to more effective treatments. However, factors such as the reflex response and ankle muscle strength have not been taken into account in previous investigations. METHODS: Fifty recreational athletes with chronic ankle instability and 55 healthy controls were recruited. Peroneal reaction time in response to sudden inversion, isokinetic evertor muscle strength and dynamic balance with the Star Excursion Balance Test and the Biodex Stability System were measured...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Sang Woo Jun, Suk Joong Yong, Min Jo, Young Ho Kim, Sung Hoon Kim
BACKGROUND: Electromyography and the modified Ashworth scale (MAS) are among the most effective methods for evaluating spasticity; however, these are often inappropriate for clinical use, owing to the complicated procedure and subjective evaluation outcomes. METHODS: A passive stretch reflex test was performed on 10 subjects with brain lesions. Furthermore, mechanomyography and electromyography were conducted on the vastus lateralis muscle (agonist) and semitendinosus muscle (antagonist) of the subjects with brain lesions...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Ava D Segal, Krista M Cyr, Christina J Stender, Eric C Whittaker, Michael E Hahn, Michael S Orendurff, William R Ledoux, Bruce J Sangeorzan
BACKGROUND: End-stage ankle arthritis is a debilitating condition that often requires surgical intervention after failed conservative treatments. Ankle arthrodesis is a common surgical option, especially for younger and highly active patients; however, ankle arthroplasty has become increasingly popular as advancements in implant design improve device longevity. The longitudinal differences in biomechanical outcomes between these surgical treatments remain indistinct, likely due to the challenges associated with objective study of a heterogeneous population...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Elisa Doria Pires, Paula Rezende Camargo
BACKGROUND: This study measured strength of the trunk and hip, and compared Y Balance Test and Upper Quarter Y Balance Test in individuals without and with scapular dyskinesis. Strength and endurance of the scapulothoracic muscles were also assessed. METHODS: Forty-four individuals without shoulder pain were divided in 2 groups: without scapular dyskinesis (age 26.00, SD 4.10 years) and scapular dyskinesis (age 23.68, SD 4.20 years). Scapular dyskinesis was assessed by clinical observation of the scapular motion during arm elevation, and was classified as present or absent...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Kevin Deschamps, Giovanni Arnoldo Matricali, Bart Dingenen, Jente De Boeck, Sarah Bronselaer, Filip Staes
BACKGROUND: Investigate differences in multi-segment foot kinematics between controls and participants with chronic ankle instability during running with a midfoot striking pattern and to evaluate the effect of Low-Dye and High-Dye taping. METHODS: Three-dimensional multi-segment foot kinematics of 12 controls and 15 participants with chronic ankle instability were collected while running barefoot, and in both taping conditions. Ranges of motion occurring at each joint, each sub phase of stance, were compared between groups and between taping conditions (0-dimensional inference)...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Jessy Lauer, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, Annie Hélène Rouard
BACKGROUND: The mechanical demands of underwater shoulder exercises have only been assessed indirectly via electromyographical measurements. Yet, this is insufficient to understand all the clinical implications. The purpose of this study was to evaluate musculoskeletal system loading during slow (30°/s) scapular plane arm elevation and lowering performed in two media (air vs water) and body positions (sitting vs supine). METHODS: Eighteen participants' upper bodies were scanned and virtually animated within unsteady numerical fluid flow simulations to compute hydrodynamic forces...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
S Navarro-Ledesma, A Luque-Suarez
BACKGROUND: The reduction of the subacromial space has traditionally been linked to rotator cuff pathology. The contribution of this narrowing, both in the development and maintenance of rotator cuff tendinopathy, is still under debate. The objective of the present study was compare the acromiohumeral distance at 0 and 60 degrees of active shoulder abduction in scapular plane, static position, in both symptomatic and contralateral shoulders, between participants with unilateral rotator cuff related shoulder pain, and in asymptomatic participants...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Kenneth L Monson, Matthew I Converse, Geoffrey T Manley
Traumatic brain injury is a devastating cause of death and disability. Although injury of brain tissue is of primary interest in head trauma, nearly all significant cases include damage of the cerebral blood vessels. Because vessels are critical to the maintenance of the healthy brain, any injury or dysfunction of the vasculature puts neural tissue at risk. It is well known that these vessels commonly tear and bleed as an immediate consequence of traumatic brain injury. It follows that other vessels experience deformations that are significant though not severe enough to produce bleeding...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Jaap J van Netten, Jeff G van Baal, Adriaan Bril, Marieke Wissink, Sicco A Bus
BACKGROUND: Mechanical stress is important in causing and healing plantar diabetic foot ulcers, but almost always studied as peak pressure only. Measuring cumulative plantar tissue stress combines plantar pressure and ambulatory activity, and better defines the load on ulcers. Our aim was to explore differences in cumulative plantar tissue stress between people with healing and non-healing plantar diabetic foot ulcers. METHODS: We analyzed a subgroup of 31 patients from a randomized clinical trial, treated with a removable offloading device for their plantar diabetic forefoot ulcer...
February 19, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Josué Sznitman
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February 16, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Casey A Myers, Peter J Laz, Kevin B Shelburne, Dana L Judd, Daniel N Huff, Joshua D Winters, Jennifer E Stevens-Lapsley, Paul J Rullkoetter
BACKGROUND: Component alignment is an important consideration in total hip arthroplasty. The impact of changes in alignment on muscle forces and joint contact forces during dynamic tasks are not well understood, and have the potential to influence surgical decision making. The objectives of this study were to assess the impact of femoral head/stem and cup component placement on hip muscle and joint contact forces during tasks of daily living and to identify which alignment parameters have the greatest impact on joint loading...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
John Duff, Mir M Hussain, Noelle Klocke, Jonathan A Harris, Soumya S Yandamuri, Lukas Bobinski, Roy T Daniel, Brandon S Bucklen
BACKGROUND: Cervical vertebral body fractures generally are treated through an anterior-posterior approach. Cervical pedicle screws offer an alternative to circumferential fixation. This biomechanical study quantifies whether cervical pedicle screws alone can restore the stability of a three-column vertebral body fracture, making standard 360° reconstruction unnecessary. METHODS: Range of motion (2.0 Nm) in flexion-extension, lateral bending, and axial rotation was tested on 10 cadaveric specimens (five/group) at C2-T1 with a spine kinematics simulator...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
P-M Dugailly, A Coucke, W Salem, V Feipel
BACKGROUND: Cervical stiffness is a clinical feature commonly appraised during the functional examination of cervical spine. Measurements of cervical stiffness in axial rotation have not been reported for patients with neck pain. The purpose of this study was to investigate cervical spine stiffness in axial rotation among neck pain patients and asymptomatic subjects, and to analyze the impact of osteopathic management. METHODS: Thirty-five individuals (17 patients) were enrolled...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
David Shahar, John Evans, Mark G L Sayers
BACKGROUND: The literature implies that large enthesophytes are exclusive to genetically predisposed individuals and to Spondyloarthropathies sufferers. Accordingly, the aim of this investigation and report was to assess the involvement of genetic predisposition, inflammatory and/or mechanical influences in the development of large enthesophytes in a sample population of teenagers presenting with large enthesophytes emanating from the external occipital protuberance. METHODS: Analysis was based on four teenage males (13-16 year-old) possessing 14...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
Yoshihisa Tanaka, Shinichiro Nakamura, Shinichi Kuriyama, Kohei Nishitani, Hiromu Ito, Moritoshi Furu, Mutsumi Watanabe, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Kinematically aligned total knee arthroplasty is based on the concept to represent the premorbid joint alignment with cruciate-retaining implants, characterized by medial tilt and internal rotation. However, kinematic and kinetic effects of kinematically aligned total knee arthroplasty with posterior-stabilized implants is unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of medial tilting of the joint line with posterior-stabilized implants. METHODS: A mechanical alignment model, and medial tilt 3° and 5° models were constructed...
February 9, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
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