The Development of a Device to Objectively Measure Knee Joint Stiffness

U. Chris Ugbolue, Konstantinos Kaliarntas, Scott C. Wearing, Philip J. Rowe

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Stiffness of the joints subjectively can be described as resistance to movement, slowness in the mornings or after staying in a fixed position for a long period of time [1,2]. Objectively, stiffness can be defined as a resistance to motion measured within a normal range and plane of function [3]. With respect to knee joint stiffness, it still remains a significant topic of attention. It is an important clinical sign of musculoskeletal pathology, which if objecively quantified, may also prove a clinically relevant outcome measure for evaluating the efficacy of various rehabilitation approaches. A cost effective knee joint stiffness measurement apparatus that incorporates a ‘Torqsense’ Rotary Torque Transducer has been designed and developed. This project aims to evaluate this device by measuring both active and passive torque generated at the knee joint.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Society of Biomechanics XXIIth Congress - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 Jul 20099 Jul 2009


ConferenceInternational Society of Biomechanics XXIIth Congress
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town


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