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Optimisation of Knee Rehabilitation (KNEE REHAB)

Our research looks at how we can use biomechanical analyses and technology to optimise knee rehabilitation and understand functional recovery from a knee injury.

Physiotherapy remains a cornerstone for musculoskeletal condition management. However, concerns remain over how to accurately assess movement to evaluate progress, provide patient feedback and determine appropriate treatment options. This is largely because assessment is being undertaken using subjective outcome measures or inconsistent tools.

Our research has addressed this unmet need through the development of a novel portable toolkit. This uses affordable wearable technology allowing rigorous real-time movement assessment and feedback for patients and clinicians.

The next stage of our research is to integrate this toolkit into a new physiotherapy intervention. Before this we need to evaluate the attitudes of end-users (clinicians and patients) on user requirements, potential benefits and barriers and facilitators to integration in healthcare.