Functional Movement Analysis
Our interdisciplinary working group focuses on different components of musculoskeletal disorders by combining different analyzes, observations and models.
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The forces acting on the bones and joints of the human skeleton are known to be multiples of bodyweight, even during normal daily activities. Overloading of these musculoskeletal structures can occur due to bone deformities, muscular deficits or disturbed movement patterns, which can al lead to failure of soft tissue structures and, in the longer term, degeneration of the entire joint. Through accurate and validated models of the mechanics of the human lower limb, determined using movement patterns gained from the gait lab, we are able to understand the subject specific loading conditions to better assess individual functional deficits and the risk of mechanical overload.
There are numerous clinical interventions for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries with the aim of restoring physiological joint load and movement.
Successful restoration of musculoskeletal functionality requires a multidimensional approach that takes into account the influence of adaptive changes in soft tissues as well as patient-specific anatomy, muscular and skeletal adaptations, surgical interventions and rehabilitation. We focus on these different components through a combination of objective, functional analysis, in vivo observation of intact and reconstructed tissue, and silico computer models. Through close cooperation with clinical colleagues in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, we are able to detect and treat targeted dysfunctions in the biomechanics of the lower extremity. Our long-term goal is the development of preventive training interventions to counteract pathological movement behaviour.