WIT Press

A Method For The Calculation Of Knee Ligament Loads During Rehabilitation Following Injury Or Reconstruction

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/BIO950461

Volume

2

Pages

8

Published

1995

Size

906 kb

Author(s)

D.E. Toutoungi, R. Giampaoli, A. Leardini, F.Catani & J.J. O'Connor

Abstract

A combination of non-invasive experimental measurements and theoretical analysis, using a geometrical model of the knee joint, was used to calcu- late knee ligament forces during exercise. A "limiting solutions approach [3] was used to resolve the indeterminacy problem. Three subjects were evaluated. Muscle combinations tending to maximise ligament loads were examined and found to be generally consistent with EMG. Calculated con- tact forces were found to be in line with previous studies. Peak ligament loads were well below the ultimate loads of healthy ligaments, but close to the limits of healing grafts. 1 Introduction Injuries to

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