Optimisation of Rehabilitation (REHAB)
Our research looks at how we can optimise knee rehabilitation based on biomechanical analysis, and understand functional recovery from a knee injury.
One of the greatest hurdles in managing clinical manifestation of osteoarthritis (OA) is the recovery of patients from joint injury. Considering the opportunities offered by linking interdisciplinary studies to rehabilitation is a major strength of our Centre, facilitating rapid translation for direct patient benefit.
Reconstructive surgery of the knee may correct immediate damage but degenerative joint damage is often evident some years later. Our view is that abnormal load bearing compounds this situation.
Appropriate rehabilitation from joint injury represents an important preventative step in ensuring that patients do not later develop degenerative joint damage. To inform clinical decisions relating to patient rehabilitation, current studies are examining the relationship between abnormal or inappropriate patterns of movement that affect patient recovery and the future likelihood of developing OA.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and patello-femoral pain (PFP) are used as models for early development of OA. In a longitudinal study, patient outcomes are tracked immediately post-injury. The uniqueness of this study lies in the close interaction between bio-mechanists, computer scientists, physiotherapists and biologists and the simultaneous data collection of biomechanical data and biological samples.