Concurrent Session 7: Biomechanics

Biomechanical Factors Related to Clinical vs. Structural Progression of Knee OA

Date/Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM
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Biomechanical Factors Related to Clinical vs. Structural Progression of Knee OA
Cheryl Hubley-Kozey, PhD - Dalhousie University

Biomechanical factors are thought to trigger biochemical responses related to homeostasis of articular cartilage synthesis and degradation in osteoarthritis (OA). Cartilage degradation has been the hallmark for OA, where research has focused on examining gait biomechanics and OA processes related to structural changes based on imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging and radiography. However, these objective changes in tissues do not always correlate well with symptoms in patients with knee OA.  It is recognized that both illness related to worsening of symptoms and disease related to structural damage are components of clinical OA. This presentation will focus on knee joint biomechanics and muscle activation patterns during walking related to clinical progression versus structural progression alone. The premise is that specific features may be more prevalent for clinical progression and hence targets for conservative management.

Followed by select abstract presentations.

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