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The biomechanical effects of the inclusion of a torque absorber and type of knee units on trans-femoral amputee gait

Linden, M, Twiste, M and Rithalia, S 2002, 'The biomechanical effects of the inclusion of a torque absorber and type of knee units on trans-femoral amputee gait' , Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 26 , pp. 35-43.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot study investigating the effects on the gait of two transfemoral amputees of to the inclusion of a torque absorber (TA) and its location relative to the knee unit. Both subjects carried out gait tests with a prosthesis with no TA with, a TA proximal to the knee unit and with a TA distal to the knee unit. Three-dimensional gait analysis was carried out to establish the kinematic and kinetic gait parameters of both the prosthetic and sound side. It was found that the TA did not significantly affect the sagittal kinetic and kinematic parameters of the sound or the prosthetic side. However, for one subject the axial rotation of the socket relative to the foot was significantly greater with the TA. It was concluded that by using the methodology of this pilot study, it is possible to investigate the rotations in the transverse plane within the prosthetic limb and pelvis. Further, including a TA may reduce the relative motion between the stump and the socket and therefore may decrease skin breakdown due to diminished shear forces

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0309-3646
Depositing User: M Twiste
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2010 14:33
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:43
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12586

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