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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340364/cervical-facet-force-analysis-after-disc-replacement-versus-fusion
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Vikas V Patel, Zachary R Wuthrich, Kirk C McGilvray, Matthew C Lafleur, Emily M Lindley, Derrick Sun, Christian M Puttlitz
BACKGROUND: Cervical total disc replacement was developed to preserve motion and reduce adjacent-level degeneration relative to fusion, yet concerns remain that total disc replacement will lead to altered facet joint loading and long-term facet joint arthrosis. This study is intended to evaluate changes in facet contact force, pressure and surface area at the treated and superior adjacent levels before and after discectomy, disc replacement, and fusion. METHODS: Ten fresh-frozen human cadaveric cervical spines were potted from C2 to C7 with pressure sensors placed into the facet joints of C3-C4 and C4-C5 via slits in the facet capsules...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319734/novel-mechanical-impact-simulator-designed-to-generate-clinically-relevant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures
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Nathaniel A Bates, Nathan D Schilaty, Christopher V Nagelli, Aaron J Krych, Timothy E Hewett
BACKGROUND: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament ruptures occur each year; therefore, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these injuries. The objective of the current investigation was to develop and analyze an impact test device that consistently produces anterior cruciate ligament failure in a clinically relevant manner. METHOD: A mechanical impact simulator was developed to simulate the ground reaction force impulse generated from landing in a physiologic and clinically relevant manner...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324797/consistency-of-a-lumbar-movement-pattern-across-functional-activities-in-people-with-low-back-pain
#3
Andrej V Marich, Ching-Ting Hwang, Gretchen B Salsich, Catherine E Lang, Linda R Van Dillen
BACKGROUND: Limitation in function is a primary reason people with low back pain seek medical treatment. Specific lumbar movement patterns, repeated throughout the day, have been proposed to contribute to the development and course of low back pain. Varying the demands of a functional activity test may provide some insight into whether people display consistent lumbar movement patterns during functional activities. Our purpose was to examine the consistency of the lumbar movement pattern during variations of a functional activity test in people with low back pain and back-healthy people...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292694/asb-clinical-biomechanics-award-winner-2016-assessment-of-gaze-stability-within-24-48hours-post-concussion
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Nicholas G Murray, Nathan R D'Amico, Douglas Powell, Megan E Mormile, Katelyn E Grimes, Barry A Munkasy, Russell K Gore, Rebecca J Reed-Jones
BACKGROUND: Approximately 90% of athletes with concussion experience a certain degree of visual system dysfunction immediately post-concussion. Of these abnormalities, gaze stability deficits are denoted as among the most common. Little research quantitatively explores these variables post-concussion. As such, the purpose of this study was to investigate and compare gaze stability between a control group of healthy non-injured athletes and a group of athletes with concussions 24-48hours post-injury...
March 6, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285142/effects-of-hip-abduction-and-adduction-accuracy-on-post-stroke-gait
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Jesse C Dean, Aaron E Embry, Katy H Stimpson, Lindsay A Perry, Steven A Kautz
BACKGROUND: Gait instability often limits post-stroke function, although the mechanisms underlying this instability are not entirely clear. Our recent work has suggested that one possible factor contributing to post-stroke gait instability is a reduced ability to accurately control foot placement. The purpose of the present experiments was to investigate whether post-stroke gait function is related to the ability to accurately abduct and adduct the hip, as required for accurate foot placement...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282569/new-approaches-for-cement-based-prophylactic-augmentation-of-the-osteoporotic-proximal-femur-provide-enhanced-reinforcement-as-predicted-by-non-linear-finite-element-simulations
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Peter Varga, Jason A Inzana, Jakob Schwiedrzik, Philippe K Zysset, Boyko Gueorguiev, Michael Blauth, Markus Windolf
BACKGROUND: High incidence and increased mortality related to secondary, contralateral proximal femoral fractures may justify invasive prophylactic augmentation that reinforces the osteoporotic proximal femur to reduce fracture risk. Bone cement-based approaches (femoroplasty) may deliver the required strengthening effect; however, the significant variation in the results of previous studies calls for a systematic analysis and optimization of this method. Our hypothesis was that efficient generalized augmentation strategies can be identified via computational optimization...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315596/effects-of-hip-and-trunk-muscle-strengthening-on-hip-function-and-lower-limb-kinematics-during-step-down-task
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Vanessa Lara Araújo, Thales Rezende Souza, Viviane Otoni do Carmo Carvalhais, Aline Castro Cruz, Sérgio Teixeira Fonseca
BACKGROUND: Strengthening of the hip and trunk muscles has the potential to change lower limb kinematic patterns, such as excessive hip medial rotation and adduction during weight-bearing tasks. This study aimed to investigate the effect of hip and trunk muscles strengthening on hip muscle performance, hip passive properties, and lower limb kinematics during step-down task in women. METHODS: Thirty-four young women who demonstrated dynamic knee valgus during step-down were divided into two groups...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259005/removal-of-fixation-construct-could-mitigate-adjacent-segment-stress-after-lumbosacral-fusion-a-finite-element-analysis
#8
Yueh-Ying Hsieh, Chia-Hsien Chen, Fon-Yih Tsuang, Lien-Chen Wu, Shang-Chih Lin, Chang-Jung Chiang
BACKGROUND DATA: Combined usage of posterior lumbar interbody fusion and transpedicular fixation has been extensively used to treat the various lumbar degenerative disc diseases. The transpedicular fixator aims to increase stability and enhance the fusion rate. However, how the fused disc and bridged vertebrae respectively affect adjacent-segment diseases progression is not yet clear. METHODS: Using a validated lumbosacral finite-element model, three variations at the L4-L5 segment were analyzed: 1) moderate disc degeneration, 2) instrumented with a stand-alone cage and pedicle screw fixators, and 3) with the cage only after fusion...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273496/ertl-and-non-ertl-amputees-exhibit-functional-biomechanical-differences-during-the-sit-to-stand-task
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Abbie E Ferris, Cory L Christiansen, Gary D Heise, David Hahn, Jeremy D Smith
BACKGROUND: People with transtibial amputation stand ~50times/day. There are two general approaches to transtibial amputation: 1) distal tibia and fibula union using a "bone-bridge" (Ertl), 2) non-union of the tibia and fibula (Non-Ertl). The Ertl technique may improve functional outcomes by increasing the end-bearing ability of the residual limb. We hypothesized individuals with an Ertl would perform a five-time sit-to-stand task faster through greater involvement/end-bearing of the affected limb...
February 22, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237873/combined-effect-of-toe-out-gait-and-high-tibial-osteotomy-on-knee-adduction-moment-in-patients-with-varus-knee-deformity
#10
C Whelton, A Thomas, D W Elson, A Metcalfe, S Forrest, C Wilson, C Holt, G Whatling
BACKGROUND: Gait adaptations, including toe out gait, have been proposed as treatments for knee osteoarthritis. The clinical application of toe out gait, however, is unclear. This study aims to identify the changes in Knee adduction moment in varus knee deformity assessing toe out gait as an alternative to high tibial osteotomy, and if any change in dynamic loading persists post operatively, when anatomical alignment is restored. METHODS: Three-dimensional motion analysis was performed on 17 patients with medial compartment knee osteoarthritis and varus deformity prior to undergoing high tibial osteotomy, 13 patients were assessed post-operatively, and results compared to 13 healthy controls...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235698/the-effect-of-anterior-longitudinal-ligament-resection-on-lordosis-correction-during-minimally-invasive-lateral-lumbar-interbody-fusion-biomechanical-and-radiographic-feasibility-of-an-integrated-spacer-plate-interbody-reconstruction-device
#11
Choll Kim, Jonathan A Harris, Aditya Muzumdar, Saif Khalil, Joseph A Sclafani, Kamshad Raiszadeh, Brandon S Bucklen
BACKGROUND: Lateral lumbar interbody fusion is powerful for correcting degenerative conditions, yet sagittal correction remains limited by anterior longitudinal ligament tethering. Although lordosis has been restored via ligament release, biomechanical consequences remain unknown. Investigators examined radiographic and biomechanical of ligament release for restoration of lumbar lordosis. METHODS: Six fresh-frozen human cadaveric spines (L3-S1) were tested: (Miller et al...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28232236/vacuum-level-effects-on-gait-characteristics-for-unilateral-transtibial-amputees-with-elevated-vacuum-suspension
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Hang Xu, Kasey Greenland, Donald Bloswick, Jie Zhao, Andrew Merryweather
BACKGROUND: The elevated vacuum suspension system has demonstrated unique health benefits for amputees, but the effect of vacuum pressure values on gait characteristics is still unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of elevated vacuum levels on temporal parameters, kinematics and kinetics for unilateral transtibial amputees. METHODS: Three-dimensional gait analysis was conducted in 9 unilateral transtibial amputees walking at a controlled speed with five vacuum levels ranging from 0 to 20inHg, and also in 9 able-bodied subjects walking at self-preferred speed...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222402/impact-of-anchor-type-on-porcine-lumbar-biomechanics-finite-element-modelling-and-in-vitro-validation
#13
Martin Brummund, Vladimir Brailovski, Yvan Petit, Yann Facchinello, Jean-Marc Mac-Thiong
BACKGROUND: Rigid posterior implants used for spinal stabilization can be anchored to the vertebrae using pedicle screws or screws combined with transverse process hooks. In the present study, a finite element model of a porcine lumbar spine instrumented with screws and hooks is presented and validated. METHODS: The porcine lumbar spine model was validated using in-vitro measurements on six porcine specimens. Validation metrics included intervertebral rotations (L1 to L6) and nucleus pressure in the topmost cranial instrumented disc...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214426/reduced-step-length-reduces-knee-joint-contact-forces-during-running-following-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-but-does-not-alter-inter-limb-asymmetry
#14
Collin D Bowersock, Richard W Willy, Paul DeVita, John D Willson
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is associated with early onset knee osteoarthritis. Running is a typical activity following this surgery, but elevated knee joint contact forces are thought to contribute to osteoarthritis degenerative processes. It is therefore clinically relevant to identify interventions to reduce contact forces during running among individuals after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The primary purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of reducing step length during running on patellofemoral and tibiofemoral joint contact forces among people with a history of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213166/influence-of-clamping-stress-and-duration-on-the-trauma-of-liver-tissue-during-surgery-operation
#15
Jin Wang, Qing-Yuan Yu, Wei Li, Bing-Rui Wang, Zhong-Rong Zhou
BACKGROUND: Tissue grasping damage often occurs in minimally invasive surgery, which would increase the postoperative recovery time and the risk of surgical complications. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between liver tissue trauma and compression stress magnitude and duration during tissue clamping operation. METHODS: The clamping experiments of liver tissues in vivo were conducted by using a universal soft tissue mechanical testing machine under different clamping stress magnitudes and durations...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213167/the-effect-of-peripheral-neuropathy-on-lower-limb-muscle-strength-in-diabetic-individuals
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Jean P Ferreira, Cristina D Sartor, Ângela M O Leal, Isabel C N Sacco, Tatiana O Sato, Ivana L Ribeiro, Alice S Soares, Jonathan E Cunha, Tania F Salvini
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle strength is poorly described and understood in diabetic participants with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This study aimed to investigate the extensor and flexor torque of the knee and ankle during concentric, eccentric, and isometric contractions in men with diabetes mellitus type 2 with and without diabetic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS: Three groups of adult men (n=92), similar in age, body mass index, and testosterone levels, were analyzed: 33 non-diabetic controls, 31 with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and 28 with diabetic peripheral neuropathy...
February 9, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208087/morphomechanical-alterations-in-the-medial-gastrocnemius-muscle-in-patients-with-a-repaired-achilles-tendon-associations-with-outcome-measures
#17
Wei-Chen Peng, Yi-Ping Chang, Yuan-Hung Chao, S N Fu, Christer Rolf, Tiffany Tf Shih, Sheng-Chu Su, Hsing-Kuo Wang
BACKGROUND: Functional deficits are found in ankles that have sustained an Achilles rupture. This study sought to evaluate and compare the morphomechanical characteristics of the medial gastrocnemius muscle in the legs of participants within six months of a unilateral Achilles repair to determine any correlations between those characteristics and objective outcomes and self-reported functional levels. METHODS: Fifteen participants were assessed via measurements of muscle morphologies (fascicle length, pennation angle, and muscle thickness) in a resting state, the mechanical properties of the proximal aponeurosis of the medial gastrocnemius muscle, the pennation angle during ramping maximal voluntary isometric contractions (MVIC), the heel raise test, and the Taiwan Chinese version of the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS-TC) questionnaire...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199880/is-pelvic-fixation-the-only-option-to-provide-additional-stability-to-the-sacral-anchorage-in-long-lumbar-instrumentation-a-comparative-biomechanical-study-of-new-techniques
#18
David Volkheimer, Heiko Reichel, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Friederike Lattig
BACKGROUND: Supplementary iliac screws have the highest potential to protect S1-pedicle-screws from loosening in long fusion constructs. However, this technique bridges the iliosacral joint with potential disadvantages for the patient. This study aimed to evaluate if two different established fixation techniques can be used in addition to pedicle screws as alternative to iliac screws, and if these two techniques can provide similar stability when S1-pedicle-screws are loosened. METHODS: Flexibility testing with pure moments of 7...
February 8, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213168/patients-with-total-knee-arthroplasty-do-not-use-all-of-their-available-range-of-knee-flexion-during-functional-activities
#19
Jodie A McClelland, Julian A Feller, Hylton B Menz, Kate E Webster
BACKGROUND: Recent research designed to improve outcome from total knee arthroplasty has included focus on strategies that increase the range of post-operative knee flexion. Patients with knee arthroplasty can now expect >100° of knee flexion following surgery, but it is not clear whether this improved range of motion facilitates outcome or whether patients take advantage of this range when completing daily functional activities. The aim of this study was to investigate the knee flexion angles used during daily functional activities that specifically required high degrees of knee flexion...
February 7, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189981/single-limb-drop-landing-biomechanics-in-active-individuals-with-and-without-a-history-of-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-a-total-support-analysis
#20
Federico Pozzi, Stephanie Di Stasi, Joseph A Zeni, Joaquin A Barrios
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to characterize the magnitude and distribution of the total support moment during single-limb drop landings in individuals after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction compared to a control group. METHODS: Twenty participants after reconstruction and twenty control participants matched on sex, limb dominance and activity level were recruited. Motion analysis was performed during a single-limb drop landing task. Total support moment was determined by summing the internal extensor moments at the ankle, knee, and hip...
February 4, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
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