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Experimental Validation of a Tibiofemoral Model for Analyzing Joint Force Distribution

[+] Author Affiliations
Emily J. Miller, Kenton R. Kaufman

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Rose F. Reimer

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MNMichigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Tammy L. Haut Donahue

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI

Paper No. SBC2008-192775, pp. 767-768; 2 pages
  • ASME 2008 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2008 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Marco Island, Florida, USA, June 25–29, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4321-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Mathematical models are non-invasive tools used for analyzing biomechanical conditions. Various models of the knee using the finite element analysis technique [1–6] and rigid body spring model (RBSM) [7] have been developed to predict pressure distribution in articulating joints, although the RBSM is considered the simplest of the modeling techniques, while still effectively predicting load distribution. These models can be used to study altered joint loading, which causes a degeneration of the articular cartilage, in order to gain an understanding of the etiology of osteoarthritis (OA). The purpose of this study is to develop a subject-specific analytical knee model using the RBSM approach that incorporates subject-specific geometry, joint health, and loading patterns to predict tibiofemoral load distributions.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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